Honors Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2021

Document Type



Rowley, A., (2021). Practical optimization: The development of a health-care scheduling model through data analysis Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Amanda Rowley 2021.


The purpose of this project was to examine the efficiency of scheduling processes in a health-care industry setting. This was done through a combination of data mining and analysis and agent-based modeling. As the project developed, the data analysis aspect became the primary focus, but we will also discuss several aspects of the model as well as ways in which it could be developed for further research. In this paper, we intend to provide a motivation for research in scheduling models, as well as an in-depth examination of the scheduling data and practices of a real-world health-care company, and how such data might be adapted to fit a mathematical model. We will conclude by discussing possible alterations and possible future areas of experimentation.