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IIT student develops valentine scheduling algorithm for girls

12, Feb 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

Kharagpur. An IIT student here has developed an algorithm to evenly distribute time spent by a girl among all the boys on campus for the coming Valentine’s Day. With this, Sudhir Das, 19, a second year B. Tech in Industrial Engineering student, has claimed to solve the acute problem of lack of girls on campus in engineering colleges, and has hoped that this Valentine’s Day would prove to be “satisfactory” for everyone.

“For the last few months I have been noticing and noting the daily routine and activities of the girls; the places they visit inside or outside the campus, the time spent on those places, times when they were ‘unavailable’, etc.” explained Sudhir, “I didn’t need to do the same for boys as I assumed they would always be available.”

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Sudhir claims to have developed a constraint programming problem that aimed to come up with a “work schedule” for boys so that they happen to be in company of a girl for at least five minutes on Valentine’s Day.

“Girls just need to follow the same schedule even on Valentine’s Day and the problem would be solved,” Sudhir said.

A boarder of Nehru Hall, Sudhir says his algorithm is a complex form of simplex algorithm, which he was forced to work on when some of the students of IIT Kharagpur, who grudged a tiny minority of boys having girlfriends, started demanding a ban on Valentine’s Day.

“This could have given bad name to the institute, hence I decided to follow the girls wherever they went and came up with a precious data set to work on,” Sudhir revealed.

Sudhir is hopeful that the girls would “co-operate” and follow their general work schedule on Monday so that “balance” and “harmony” is maintained on the campus.

“I know they would be tempted to spend the whole day with their boyfriends, but they could do that on some other day,” suggested Sudhir, “Or if they could schedule meetings with their boyfriends at times when they were marked ‘unavailable’ in the data collection process.”

Sudhir refused to explain the term ‘unavailable’ and instead has requested the girls to approach him in person in case they were interested.