Weighted Job Scheduling

A list of different jobs is given, with the starting time, the ending time and profit of that job are also provided for those jobs. Our task is to find a subset of jobs, where the profit is maximum and no jobs are overlapping each other.

In this algorithm, we use a table to store the results of sub-problems and using the results of subproblems, the whole problem can be solved in a bottom-up manner.

The time complexity of this algorithm is O(n^2), but we can change it to O(n Log n) by using a binary search method to search con-conflicting jobs.

Input and Output

The start time, finish time and profit of some jobs as matrix form. And number of jobs. Here 4 jobs are present.
3   5  25
1   2  50
6  15  75
2 100 100

The maximum profit 150.
The job sequence is job 2, job 4, or job 2, job 1, job 3. for both cases the max profit is 150 here.


findMaxProfit(jobList, n)

Input: The job list and number of jobs.

Output: Maximum profit from the jobs.

   sort job list according to their ending time
   define table to store results
   table[0] := jobList[0].profit

   for i := 1 to n-1, do
      addProfit := jobList[i].profit
      nonConflict := find jobs which is not conflicting with others
      if any non-conflicting job found, then
         addProfit := addProfit + table[nonConflict]
      if addProfit > table[i - 1], then
         table[i] := addProfit
         table[i] := table[i-1]
   result := table[n-1]
   return result


#include <iostream>
#include <algorithm>
using namespace std;

struct Job {
   int start, end, profit;

bool comp(Job job1, Job job2) {
   return (job1.end < job2.end);

int nonConflictJob(Job jobList[], int i) {       //non conflicting job of jobList[i]
   for (int j=i-1; j>=0; j--) {
      if (jobList[j].end <= jobList[i-1].start)
         return j;
   return -1;

int findMaxProfit(Job jobList[], int n) {
   sort(jobList, jobList+n, comp);           //sort jobs based on the ending time

   int *table = new int[n];       //create jon table
   table[0] = jobList[0].profit;

   for (int i=1; i<n; i++) {
      // Find profit including the current job
      int addProfit = jobList[i].profit;
      int l = nonConflictJob(jobList, i);
      if (l != -1)
         addProfit += table[l];
      table[i] = (addProfit>table[i-1])?addProfit:table[i-1];       //find maximum

   int result = table[n-1];
   delete[] table;                 //clear table from memory
   return result;

int main() {
   Job jobList[] = {
      {3, 5, 25},
      {1, 2, 50},
      {6, 15, 75},
      {2, 100, 100}

   int n = 4;
   cout << "The maximum profit: " << findMaxProfit(jobList, n);
   return 0;


The maximum profit: 150