Mathematical Programming

  • Alexander S. Belenky
Part of the Applied Optimization book series (APOP, volume 20)


The best known method for solving a linear programming problem (we shall consider the problem in its canonical form)
that has a finite set of feasible solutions in the form of a polyhedron
is the simplex method. This method implements a geometrically clear idea of finding vertices of M that deliver the minimum value of the function 〈c, x〉 on M [1]. The idea consists of organizing a directed enumeration (exhaustive search) of vertices of M in such a way that at every step of the enumeration process, the value of 〈c, x〉 strictly decreases. The transition from one vertex of M to another one in the course of the simplex method iteration proceeds along an edge of M [2]; this edge connects the vertices, and the corresponding computations are implemented by simple linear algebraic transformations [3]. Since the number of the vertices is finite, the simplex method leads to a point of minimum of the function 〈c, x〉 on M in a finite number of steps after leaving any vertex of M used as the initial one, and the initial vertex of M is chosen by a simple algebraic acceptance [4].


Programming Problem Linear Programming Problem Simplex Method Initial Problem Goal Function 
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