Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

UNBALANCEDTransportation problem

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_1080

A transportation problem in which the total amount to be shipped is not equal to the total demand. The unbalanced problem can be stated as a standard transportation problem by the addition of a fictitious destination when the supply is greater than the demand, or by adding a fictitious origin if the demand is greater than the supply. In the first case, the demand at the fictitious destination is the difference between the total supply and total demand, while in the second case, the supply at the fictitious origin is the difference between the total demand and total supply.  Transportation problem.

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA