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Operations research book to start with

for somebody having a quite strong background in Mathematics, which are some good books for the domain of Operations research? I guess there are textbooks covering topics like linear and nonlinear ...
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Mathematical formulation in operations research

Does anyone know how I would enforce the following constraints using a mathematical formulation? Any help or feedback is appreciated. a) If person A is given project 1, then person D must be given ...
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The Hungarian Algorithm

In reading the proof of the Hungarian algorithm for the assignment problem in a weighted bigraph, I could not understand why the algorithm terminates. In the algorithm we choose a cover (namely labels ...
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Determine the equations needed to solve a problem

I am trying to come up with the set of equations that will help solve the following problem, but am stuck without a starting point - I can't classify the question to look up more info. The problem: ...
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Functions minimized at the median of their arguments

I am doing research on problems of location of a public facility on a network which lead me to the following question. Is there an interesting way to characterize the class of functions $f : ...
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Financial Linear Programming Problem

I'm very new at linear programming and I'm trying to figure out a way to approach this problem below: ...
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simplex method standard form

i am unable to understand algebraic formulation of simplex method.when we add slack variables, and solve for finding basic feasible solution we put free variables equal to zero. My question is why ...
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Operational Research. (Ressource Management)

I am looking for a solution that i know exists already in the field of "Operational Research"... I Just can't put my finger on the name of the thing. An heuristic to solve a very common and simple ...
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Unimodular matrix definition?

I'm a bit confused. Based on Wikipedia: In mathematics, a unimodular matrix M is a square integer matrix having determinant +1, 0 or −1. Equivalently, it is an integer matrix that is invertible ...
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How to solve this LP problem as a Dynamic Programming problem?

The standard form LP problem is $$\min -3x_1-7x_2-10x_3 \text{ s.t. }$$ $$x_3\leq 2$$ $$40x_3+40x_2+20x_1\leq 180$$ $$x_1,x_2,x_3\geq 0$$ My last lecture covered the Bellman equation ...
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Changing a queueing processes

Situation Consider a general queueing system $\mathscr{S}$, whose customer arrival times are independent, and whose service times are independent; both of these are allowed to have general ...
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Linear Programming: Three variable graphical solution

A small bank offers three type of loans: housing loans at $8.50$% interest, education loans at $13.75$% interest rates, and loans to senior citizens at $12.25$% interest. Further, it needs to ...
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Software for Binary Integer Linear Programs

I am aware that there is good software out there to solve integer linear programs (ILPs). However, is there (preferably free or low cost) software I could use to solve large binary integer linear ...
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Reconstructing an optimal Simplex tableau from an optimal solution

I have here a bounded LP with infinite optimal solutions: ...
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Integral Polyhedra: Integer on each face

The general topic is unimodular matrices and integral polyhedra. I am really new to this field and I am studying for an exam in an advanced operations research course. In this case we are always ...
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In Courty and Li (2000) “Sequential Screening”, what justifies the last equation in Lemma 3.2?

Regarding the article "Sequential Screening," in Review of Economic Studies, 2000 by Courty and Li: In Lemma 3.2, the last equality states that ...
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Meaning of the bar over $\bf{c}'$ in $\bf{\bar{c}}'=\bf c' -\bf c'_B \bf B^{-1} \bf A\geq \bf 0$?

I am trying to understand the page 87 Bertimas about Linear Programming. The author uses bolding and bars -- now I am starting to think that the bar means something else to vector, bolding apparently ...
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Application of queueing theory

Jake's Machine Shop contains a grinder for sharpening the machine cutting tools. A decision must now be made on the speed at which to set the grinder. The grinding time required by a machine operator ...
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Linear Programming Inventory Problem

I'm still trying to get used to the nature of these problems and I'd appreciate some further explanation. ...
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Cost-to-go form of Dynamic Programming algorithm?

My lecture of Mat-2.3148 (Finnish) defines dynamic-programming-algorithm so that$J_N(x_N)=g_N(x_N)$ and $J_k(x_k)=\min_{u_k}\left\{g_k(x_k,u_k)+J_{k+1}(f_k(x_k,u_k))\right\}$ where the state ...
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How do you call the operation of counting the number of euclidian division until the denominator is lower than the remainder?

I was looking for the minimum size of a base35 secret_key to be able to generate at least 1,000,000 secret key. The result is 35*35*35*35 = 1500625 How do you ...
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Warehouse Location Problem as an integer progam instead of a mixed-integer program

Given a set of costumers $M = \{1, \dots , m \}$ and a set of of factories $N = \{1, \dots , n\}$ we have $c_{ij} \geq 0$ costs to deliver to costumer $i \in M$ from factory $j \in N$ $F_j \geq 0$ ...
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A question about the operation research and simplex method

For the simplex method, we need to add slack variables. My question is how to determine how many slack variables should be considered in the LP problem? I don't quite get why in the cases to find out ...
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Sensitivity of coefficients in ODE

I am trying to formulate a mathematical model as part of an op-research problem, and I'm running into a roadblock concerning differential equations of a certain kind; I was hoping to understand if ...
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Highest (lowest) index of positive time-indexed variable

I have a simple problem involving a variable $x_{it}$ representing the amount of a resource allotted to a task $i$ in time $t$. The quantity of the (renewable) resource is constrained at a value $R$ ...
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Graphically solving a Linear Programming Problem?

I was given the following linear programming problem and have been asked to find all optimal solutions graphically. I am quite new to the subject, so please forgive my naivety. ...
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Complexity of Earlist Avaible Due Date for Scheduling Problem 1|ri, pi=1|Lmax

Let us consider the scheduling problem 1|ri,pi=1|Lmax (basically, this means there is one machine on which we have to schedule n jobs (all with identical procssing time 1) in such a way that the ...
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Infinite loop in column generation algortihm

I have to program the following: Input: I have k commodities that have to go from place i to j with a certain demand There are n nodes and the cost for traveling one piece between the nodes i and j ...
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Reduced cost in the Phase II of the two-phase Simplex?

My lecture slides outline how the two-phase simplex works: this table shows the end result of the phase I for the standard-form problem and the auxliary table of the phase I here. I understood until ...
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Introduction into Operations Research

I am a first year graduate student who advisor wants me to learn about operations research and to use stochastic integer programming in my research. He keeps giving me papers to read but they ...
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exchanging operators in max-max function

I am trying to determine if the following holds. $\max_{i\in I}\max_{a_j \in P_j}\{\sum_j a_{ij}x_j - b_i\}=\max_{a_j \in P_j}\max_{i\in I}\{\sum_j a_{ij}x_j - b_i\}$ $P_j$ is a closed convex set, ...
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Differential rents problem solving for transport problem

Sorry if question was asked, but I was unable to find the exact duplicate. Let's assume that we have transport problem. Will optimal plan for transport problem be the same regardless the method I ...
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maximization problem with inequalities restriction

I have a function $g(x,y,z)$, and $x+y+z=1, x\geq0,y\geq0,z\geq0$. Now I want to maximize $g$. If I ignore the inequalities, then I can use lagrangian and can solve this thing for maximum. But I am ...
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How to enforce a constraint that a decision variable can only take 1 of $k$ integer values?

How would you enforce the constraint that $x$, a decision variable, can only take values -3, 7, or 19? I think I probably need to introduce a binary variable here but not sure where to start. Thanks. ...
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Partial linear relaxation yields an integer solution

Consider a binary integer program \begin{align} \min \quad &\sum _{j \in J}f_j x_j +\sum _{i \in I} c_i y_i \notag \\ \mbox{s.t.} \quad &\sum _{j \in N_i} x_j \ge 1-y_i, \quad \forall i\in I ...
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Example about the Reduced cost in the Big-M method?

I want to gather examples about the reduced cost in different cases, now for the Big-M method. I hope this makes the methods more accesible. So How does the Big-M method work with the below? ...
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What is the system equation $f$ in Hamilton equation in $H=g+p^Tf$?

I am studying the Donald Kirk's book Introduction to Dynamic Programming. Suppose some integral $\int g dt$ that must be minimised. Then you are given some constraints. Hamilton equation is $H=g+p^T ...
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Network simplex method, leaving and entering variables

Could someone give me a hint on this question, which is a past exam question: Under what circumstances will an entering variable in the network simplex method be the same as the leaving variable? ...
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Probability Density Function and Proof

Given the Probability Density Function: $f(x)=kx(2-x), 0\leq x\leq 1$ Prove that $k=\frac 3 2$ Looks like it should be a Beta Distribution, but all examples of a beta distribution use the format: ...
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Minimizing shipping cost under given constraints

I have a question that has been bugging me for about a day now. A manufacturing company receives orders for engines from two assembly plants. Plant I needs at least 45 engines and Plant II needs at ...
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How to solve a linear program with OR constraints

I have $n$ people. I want assign them to $c$ jobs. A job may be not assigned at all or there must be a minimum and maximum number of people assigned to it. $n$ is about 4000 and $c$ is about 1000. ...
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Checking whether a solution to MIP is optimal

Consider a binary integer program \begin{align} \min \quad &\sum _{j \in J}f_j x_j +\sum _{i \in I} c_i y_i \notag \\ \mbox{s.t.} \quad &\sum _{j \in N_i} x_j \ge 1-y_i, \quad \forall i\in I ...
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Operations research - summation notation [duplicate]

Outline: Hermione has been thinking about the imminent return of the Dark Lord, so she has been busy packing her bag with all the items required for her survival. Because she has so many different ...
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integer programming formulation problem

Consider a problem with three variables: $u$, $\sigma_l$, and $\sigma_w$ where $\sigma_w > \sigma_l$. I want to represent the following relationship using integer programming. \begin{equation} u = ...
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Operation on constants inside Normal

If I want to take a Norm(-x), is that the same as 1 - Norm(x)
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Transportation theory algorithms detail description

I'm currently study operations research and want to implement some of its algorithms programmatically. I'm now interested in these algorithms: 1.North west corner rule method in transportation theory. ...
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Functions of random variables.

Two emergency response units patrol uniformly and independently a 10-mile stretch of road. An emergency incident occurs on the roadway and its position is uniformly distributed, independent of the ...
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Is “nonanticipating” a measurability property of a function or something more?

I have been reading some operations research papers that throw in the term "nonanticipating" at key points in the exposition, but I can't figure out precisely what they mean. My best guess is that ...
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Scheduling Algorithm for a multi-server queue problem

I have 4 servers, n customers and m reports. At any time, a customer may request one of m reports. There are only 4 servers which are capable of generating reports. Each server can only process one ...
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Euler equation for $\int_0^{\infty}e^{-rt}(x^2+2x+\dot x^2) \ \mathrm dt$? Is $\infty$ in the boundary open or closed?

I am pondering this problem here, the course Mat-2.3148 Dynamic Optimization in Aalto University, i.e. Find the function $x(t)$ such that $\int_0^{\infty}e^{-rt}(x^2+2x+\dot x^2)\ \mathrm dt$ has ...