Introduction to practical linear programming

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J. Wiley, 1997 - Business & Economics - 333 pages
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A comprehensive, nonmathematical guide to the practical application of linear programming models—for students and professionals in any field

From finding the least-cost method for manufacturing a given product to determining the most profitable use for a given resource, there are countless practical applications for linear programming models. This self-contained book and disk set provides everything you need to know to apply linear programming to real-world situations—how to prepare input, how to interpret output, what to do if the model will not solve, and how to make your results useful and usable—while entrusting the hard-core arithmetic to the user-friendly computer package on disk. Written in clear prose that stays away from the complex mathematics underlying the technique, Introduction to Practical Linear Programming contains:

  • A complete introduction to problem structure, assumptions, applications, and other core concepts
  • A detailed, step-by-step guide to model construction (from a problem description to a useful model) and interpretation of output
  • Linear programming examples and exercises from a range of real-life areas, including agriculture, manufacturing, finance, and advertising
  • Important techniques for troubleshooting and error identification
  • Procedures for testing how good your model is—how robust are the results?—and more
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Contents

GRAPHICAL SOLUTION OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING
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INTRODUCTION TO MATRIX CONSTRUCTION
27
INTERPRETING MAIN OUTPUT
48
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DAVID J. PANNELL, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. The winner of numerous academic awards, he is the coeditor of MIDAS, A Bioeconomic Model of a Dryland Farm

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