Linear Programming for a Single Objective



This chapter is dedicated in its entirety to Linear Programming, a well-known mathematical procedure which has an enormous diffusion in hundreds of applications around the world. This technique, using a practical example, is explained in a way for everybody to understand it. It aims at making the DM aware of how to use this tool, and more important, how to interpret its results. Linear Programming as is explained here deals with a sole objective which is common in many applications and in different fields. Its greatest advantage can be synthesized on three counts: (a) It permits one to approximately represent an actual situation – no matter its nature – in a mathematical context, that allows for applying an algorithm to solve it, (b) it yields a unique and optimal solution, and (c) it lets to perform an extensive analysis of “What if….?” scenarios which is a valuable tool for sensitivity analysis.


Linear programming Graphic solution Simplex method Multicriteria Objective function 


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