In CS3997 this year, I have decided to have "debates" instead of
presentations. This means that I need to make sure that each student
has has exactly one topic, **and** every topic is assigned to an even
number of students.

Another constraint is that I asked the students to list in order their top 3 preferences. I wanted to maximize (within reason) "student happiness", so I give weight 4 for their first choice, 2 for the second, and 1 for their third.

Finally, the students are numbered `1...26`

in the order they sent me
their preferences. I decided to enforce "first-come first-serve" in
the objective function, so the happiness of student 1 has more weight
than student 26. How much more is a bit of a subjective choice.

If you don't want to look at the solution yet, the students preferences are available separately. 'happy[i,j]' measures how happy student i is being assigned topic j

Almost the real solution is available. In actuallity, I first solved the problem for the first 18 students (so they didn't have to wait), and use the following

printf { i in students, j in topics : x[i,j]=1 } "s.t. fix_%d_%d: x[%d,%d]=1;\n",i,j,i,j;

to print out some constraints, which I then cut and past into the model, and resolved a week or so later when I had all of the data.