DB or flatfile?

I would create a matrix of all kids crossed with every kid. Everytime a kid
is put in a home with another kid, ++ that index. When dispatching kids,
sort by index ASC.


On Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM, John Meyer <johnme...@pueblocomputing.com>wrote:

> On 10/1/2013 12:51 PM, Floyd Resler wrote:
>> Here's my task: A group of kids is going to be staying with different
>> host families throughout the next 8 months.  The number of kids staying
>> with a host family can range from 2 to 10.  When deciding which kids should
>> stay together at a host family, the idea is for the system to put together
>> kids who have stayed with each other the least on past weekends.  So, if a
>> host family can keep 5 kids, then the group of 5 kids who have stayed
>> together the least will be chosen.
>> I can't think of an easy, quick way to accomplish this.  I've tried
>> various approaches that have resulted in a lot of coding and being very
>> slow.  My idea was to give each group of kids a score and the lowest score
>> is the group that is selected.  However, this approach wound of iterating
>> through several arrays several times which was really slow.  Does anyone
>> have any ideas on this puzzle?
>> Thanks!
>> Floyd
>>  Whatever solution you're going with will probably involve a relational
> database of some sort.
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