Computer Methods in Operations Research - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126861501, 9781483260747

Computer Methods in Operations Research

1st Edition

Authors: Arne Thesen
Editors: J. William Schmidt
eBook ISBN: 9781483260747
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1978
Page Count: 282
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Computer Methods in Operations Research focuses on the computational methods used in operations research. Topics covered range from list processing to sorting and searching, networks, and critical path methods. Resource-constrained scheduling methods and linear programming methods are also discussed, along with the branch and bound concept.

Comprised of 11 chapters, this book begins with a review of some of the basic principles that make a software development effort successful, emphasizing the need to keep things simple and understandable. The reader is then introduced to the basic principles of list processing, searching, and sorting; the concept of networks and several matrix- and list-oriented methods for representing networks in the computer; and the critical path method. Subsequent chapters deal with more complex programs and algorithms to handle scheduling of activities under precedence and resource restrictions; the resource-constrained scheduling problem, formulated both in an exact (using integer programming) and in a heuristic manner; the design of algorithms for the solution of large linear programming problems; and the application of list processing concepts to the development of branch and bound algorithms for solution of combinatorial optimization problems. The book also considers the design of random number generators and discrete event simulation programming before concluding with a description of two programming languages, GPSS and WIDES, for use in simulation modeling.

This monograph will be of value to students and practitioners of operations research and industrial engineering.

Table of Contents



Chapter I Considerations in Program Design Evaluation

A. Introduction

B. Program Development Process

C. Program Organization

D. Programming Details

E. The User Interface

F. Program Evaluation

G. Test Problems


Chapter II List Processing

A. Basic Concepts

Β. Fundamental Operations

C. An Implementation



Chapter III Sorting and Searching

A. Sorting

B. List Searches

C. Tree Searches



Chapter IV Networks—Fundamental Concepts

A. Uses of Networks

B. Representation of Networks

C. Traversing a Directed Network

D. Generation of Random Networks



Chapter V Critical Path Methods

A. Project Networks

B. The CPM Algorithm

C. Systems Design Considerations

D. Selection of Time Units

E. CPM for Day-to-Day Control



Chapter VI Resource Constrained Scheduling Methods

A. The Problem

B. An Integer Programming Approach

C. A Heuristic Approach

D. An Evaluation of Different Heuristic Urgency Factors

E. A Resource Allocation/Manpower Leveling System



Chapter VII Linear Programming Methods

Α. The Linear Programming Problem

Β. Mathematical Programming Systems

C. The Simplex Method

D. Elements of the Revised Simplex Method

Ε. The Revised Simplex Method

F. Computational Considerat


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Arne Thesen

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J. William Schmidt

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