OpenSolver - An Open Source Add-in to Solve Linear and Integer Progammes in Excel

Conference paper
Part of the Operations Research Proceedings book series (ORP)

Abstract

OpenSolver is an open source Excel add-in that allows spreadsheet users to solve their LP/IP models using the COIN-OR CBC solver. OpenSolver is largely compatible with the built-in Excel Solver, allowing most existing LP and IP models to be solved without change. However, OpenSolver has none of the size limitations found in Solver, and thus can solve larger models. Further, the CBC solver is often faster than the built-in Solver, and OpenSolver provides novel model construction and on-sheet visualisation capabilities. This paper describes Open- Solver’s development and features. OpenSolver can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.opensolver.org.

Keywords

Decision Variable Major League Baseball Model Visualisation Leave Hand Side Integer Program Solver 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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