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Chapter 3. Introduction to Linear Programming. Introduction. Linear programming Programming means planning Model contains linear mathematical functions An application of linear programming Allocating limited resources among competing activities in the best possible way

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    1. Chapter 3 Introduction to Linear Programming

    2. Introduction • Linear programming • Programming means planning • Model contains linear mathematical functions • An application of linear programming • Allocating limited resources among competing activities in the best possible way • Applies to wide variety of situations

    3. 3.1 Prototype Example • Wyndor Glass Co. • Produces windows and glass doors • Plant 1 makes aluminum frames and hardware • Plant 2 makes wood frames • Plant 3 produces glass and assembles products

    4. Prototype Example • Company introducing two new products • Product 1: 8 ft. glass door with aluminum frame • Product 2: 4 x 6 ft. double-hung, wood-framed window • Problem: What mix of products would be most profitable? • Assuming company could sell as much of either product as could be produced

    5. Prototype Example • Products produced in batches of 20 • Data needed • Number of hours of production time available per week in each plant for new products • Production time used in each plant for each batch of each new product • Profit per batch of each new product

    6. Prototype Example

    7. Prototype Example • Formulating the model x1 = number of batches of product 1 produced per week x2 = number of batches of product 2 produced per week Z = total profit per week (thousands of dollars) from producing these two products • From bottom row of Table 3.1

    8. Prototype Example • Constraints (see Table 3.1) • Classic example of resource-allocation problem • Most common type of linear programming problem

    9. Prototype Example • Problem can be solved graphically • Two dimensional graph with x1 and x2 as the axes • First step: identify values of x1 and x2 permitted by the restrictions • See Figures 3.1 and Figure 3.2 • Next step: pick a point in the feasible region that maximizes value of Z • See Figure 3.3

    10. Prototype Example

    11. Prototype Example

    12. Prototype Example

    13. 3.2 The Linear Programming Model • General problem terminology and examples • Resources: money, particular types of machines, vehicles, or personnel • Activities: investing in particular projects, advertising in particular media, or shipping from a particular source • Problem involves choosing levels of activities to maximize overall measure of performance

    14. The Linear Programming Model

    15. The Linear Programming Model • Standard form

    16. The Linear Programming Model • Other legitimate forms • Minimizing (rather than maximizing) the objective function • Functional constraints with greater-than-or-equal-to inequality • Some functional constraints in equation form • Some decision variables may be negative

    17. The Linear Programming Model • Feasible solution • Solution for which all constraints are satisfied • Might not exist for a given problem • Infeasible solution • Solution for which at least one constraint is violated • Optimal solution • Has most favorable value of objective function • Might not exist for a given problem

    18. The Linear Programming Model • Corner-point feasible (CPF) solution • Solution that lies at the corner of the feasible region • Linear programming problem with feasible solution and bounded feasible region • Must have CPF solutions and optimal solution(s) • Best CPF solution must be an optimal solution

    19. 3.3 Assumptions of Linear Programming • Proportionality assumption • The contribution of each activity to the value of the objective function (or left-hand side of a functional constraint) is proportional to the level of the activity • If assumption does not hold, one must use nonlinear programming (Chapter 13)

    20. Assumptions of Linear Programming • Additivity • Every function in a linear programming model is the sum of the individual contributions of the activities • Divisibility • Decision variables in a linear programming model may have any values • Including noninteger values • Assumes activities can be run at fractional values

    21. Assumptions of Linear Programming • Certainty • Value assigned to each parameter of a linear programming model is assumed to be a known constant • Seldom satisfied precisely in real applications • Sensitivity analysis used

    22. 3.4 Additional Examples • Example 1: Design of radiation therapy for Mary’s cancer treatment • Goal: select best combination of beams and their intensities to generate best possible dose distribution • Dose is measured in kilorads

    23. Example 1: Radiation Therapy Design

    24. Example 1: Radiation Therapy Design • Linear programming model • Using data from Table 3.7

    25. Example 1: Radiation Therapy Design • A type of cost-benefit tradeoff problem

    26. Example 2: Reclaiming Solid Wastes • SAVE-IT company collects and treats four types of solid waste materials • Materials amalgamated into salable products • Three different grades of product possible • Fixed treatment cost covered by grants • Objective: maximize the net weekly profit • Determine amount of each product grade • Determine mix of materials to be used for each grade

    27. Example 2: Reclaiming Solid Wastes

    28. Example 2: Reclaiming Solid Wastes

    29. Example 2: Reclaiming Solid Wastes • Decision variables (for i = A, B, C; j = 1,2,3,4) number of pounds of material j allocated to product grade i per week • See Pages 56-57 in the text for solution

    30. 3.5 Formulating and Solving Linear Programming Models on a Spreadsheet • Excel and its Solver add-in • Popular tools for solving small linear programming problems

    31. Formulating and Solving Linear Programming Models on a Spreadsheet • The Wyndor example • Data entered into a spreadsheet

    32. Formulating and Solving Linear Programming Models on a Spreadsheet • Changing cells • Cells containing the decisions to be made • C12 and D12 in the Wyndor example below

    33. Formulating and Solving Linear Programming Models on a Spreadsheet

    34. Formulating and Solving Linear Programming Models on a Spreadsheet

    35. 3.6 Formulating Very Large Linear Programming Models • Actual linear programming models • Can have hundreds or thousands of functional constraints • Number of decision variables may also be very large • Modeling language • Used to formulate very large models in practice • Expedites model management tasks

    36. Formulating Very Large Linear Programming Models • Modeling language examples • AMPL, MPL, OPL, GAMS, and LINGO • Example problem with a huge model • See Pages 73-78 in the text

    37. 3.7 Conclusions • Linear programming technique applications • Resource-allocation problems • Cost-benefit tradeoffs • Not all problems can be formulated to fit a linear programming model • Alternatives: integer programming or nonlinear programming models