Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

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

Network simplex algorithm

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_666

For the minimum-cost network-flow problem, a special adaptation of the simplex method that takes advantage of the mathematical structure of the network constraints to produce a computationally fast and efficient solution algorithm. The main idea behind this algorithm is the recognition that a basic feasible solution to the network problem, treated as a linear-programming problem, corresponds to a spanning tree of the defining network. Minimum-cost network-flow problem; Network optimization; Simplex method.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA