On the average number of steps of the simplex method of linear programming
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- Smale, S. Mathematical Programming (1983) 27: 241. doi:10.1007/BF02591902
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The goal is to give some theoretical explanation for the efficiency of the simplex method of George Dantzig. Fixing the number of constraints and using Dantzig's self-dual parametric algorithm, we show that the number of pivots required to solve a linear programming problem grows in proportion to the number of variables on the average.