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CHAPTER ONE. MATHEMATICAL MODELS. We have “operations” problems:. planning work shifts choosing investments for available funds designing facilities for customer service determining product mix, etc. can be formulated as a mathematical model .

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chapter one



ISE420 Algorithmic Operations Research

we have operations problems
We have “operations” problems:
  • planning work shifts
  • choosing investments for available funds
  • designing facilities for customer service
  • determining product mix, etc. can be formulated as a mathematical model

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A MATHEMATICAL MODEL is the collection of variables and relationships needed to describe pertinent features of such a problem.

1.1 Operations Research (OR) is the study of how to form mathematical models of complex engineering and management problems and how to analyze them to gain insight about possible solutions.

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OR deals with “decision problems” by formulating and analyzing mathematical models – mathematical representations of pertinent problem features.

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Modeling: Define variables and quantify the relationships needed to describe relevant system behavior.Analysis: Apply mathematical skills and technology to see what conclusions the model suggests.Inference: Argue that conclusions drawn from the model are meaningful enough to infer decisions.Assessment: Evaluate decisions for furtherthought that might lead to revised modeling.

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1.2 The three fundamental concerns in forming OR models are

the DECISIONS open to decision makers

the CONSTRAINTS limiting decision choices, and

the OBJECTIVES making some

decisions preferred to others.

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PROGRAMS) represent problem choices as decision

variables and seek values that maximize or

minimize objective functions of the decision variables

subject to constraints on variable values expressing the

limits on possible decision choices.

1.4 A FEASIBLE SOLUTION is a choice of

values for the decision variables that satisfies

all constraints. OPTIMAL SOLUTIONS are

feasible solutions that achieve objective

function value(s) as good as thoseof

any other feasible solutions.

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Modeling and analysis in the decision variables




System boundary

A line between those items taken as settled and those to be decided is called the SYSTEM BOUNDARY.Parameters – quantities taken as given –define objective functions and constraints applicable to the decision model inside. Together, parameters and decision variables determine results measured as output variables.

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Ex. Simple inventory model to determine when and how much to order Parameters: d: demand, f: fixed cost of replenishment, h: holding cost, s: cost of lost sales l: lead time, m: min. order sizeDecision variables: q: reorder quantityr: reorder pointOutput variable: c: total cost of ordering, holding and lost salesObjective function Min cs.t. constraintsr => l d q=> m or q=> l d

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1.6 SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS is an exploration of results from mathematical models to evaluate how they depend on the values chosen for parameters.Solutions prescribing choices for decision variables by simple formulas in the input variables are called closed-form solutions.1.7 CLOSED-FORM solutions represent the ultimate in analysis of mathematical modelsbecause they provide both immediateresults and rich sensitivity analysis.

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1.8 TRACTABILITY in modeling means the degree to which the model admits convenient analysis –how much analysis is practical.1.9 The VALIDITY of a model is the degree to which inferences drawn from the model hold for the real system.1.10 OR analysts almost always confront a trade-off between validity of models and their tractability to analysis.

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A SIMULATION MODEL is a computer program that simply steps through the behaviour of a system of interest and reports experience.1.11 Simulation models often posses high validity because they track true system behavior fairly accurately.Models that evaluate fixed decision alternatives rather indicating good choices may be termed DESCRIPTIVE MODELS.1.12 Descriptive models yield fewer analytic inferences than prescriptive, optimization models because they take both input parameters and decisions as fixed.

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Numerical Search is the process of systematically trying different choices for the decision variables, keeping track of the feasible one with the best objective function value found so far.1.13 Inferences from numerical search arelimited to the specific pointsexplored unless mathematical structure in the model supportsfurther deduction.

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1.14 An EXACT OPTIMAL SOLUTION is a feasible solution to an optimization model that is provably as good as any other in the objective function value. A HEURISTIC or APPROXIMATE OPTIMUM is a feasible solution derived from prescriptive analysis that is not guaranteed to yield an exact optimum.1.15 Losses from settling for heuristic instead of exact optimal solutions are often dwarfed by variations associated with questionable modelassumptions and doubtful data.1.16 The appeal of exact optimal solutionsis that they provide both good feasiblesolutions and certainty about what can be achieved under a fixed set of model assumptions.

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1.17 A mathematical model is termed DETERMINISTIC if all parameter values are assumed to be known with certainty, and PROBABILISTIC or STOCHASTIC if it involves quantities known only in probability.RANDOM VARIABLES represent quantities known only in terms of a probability in stochastic models.1.18 Besides providing only descriptive analysis, stochastic simulation models impose the extra analytic burden of having to estimate results statistically from a simple of systemrealizations.

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1.19 The power and generality of available mathematical tools for analysis of stochastic models does not nearly match that available for deterministic models.1.20 Most optimization models are deterministic - not because OR analysts really believe that all problem parameters are known with certainty, but because useful prescriptive results can often be obtained only if stochastic variation is ignored.1.21 The model – based OR approachto problem solving works best on problems important enough to warrantthe time and resources for a careful study.

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