Can anyone direct me to mathematical literature dealing with the problem of scheduling final exams? I believe such problems may also be called timetabling? The problem is, for example, thousands of students may be taking courses with hundreds of finals that need to be scheduled into a weeks worth of exam periods. I've seen what are called "genetic" algorithms, and also "descent" algorithms, and a "single-pass" algorithm, but no good theory.
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