Linear Programming: Foundations and Extensions - R.J.Vanderbei

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Linear Programming: Foundations and Extensions
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This book is about constrained optimization. It begins with a thorough treatment of linear programming and proceeds to convex analysis, network flows, integer programming, quadratic programming, and convex optimization. Along the way, dynamic programming and the linear complementarity problem are touched on as well. The book aims to be a first introduction to the subject. Specific examples and concrete algorithms precede more abstract topics. Nevertheless, topics covered are developed in some depth, a large number of numerical examples are worked out in detail, and many recent topics are included, most notably interior-point methods. The exercises at the end of each chapter both illustrate the theory and, in some cases, extend it. Prerequisites. The book is divided into four parts. The first two parts assume a background only in linear algebra. For the last two parts, some knowledge of multivariate calculus is necessary. In particular, the student should know how to use Lagrange multipliers to solve simple calculus problems in 2 and 3 dimensions. Associated software. It is good to be able to solve small problems by hand, but the problems one encounters in practice are large, requiring a computer for their solution. Therefore, to fully appreciate the subject, one needs to solve large (practical) problems on a computer. An important feature of this book is that it comes with software implementing the major algorithms described herein. At the time of writing, software for the following five algorithms is available: • The two-phase simplex method as shown in Figure 6.1. • The self-dual simplex method as shown in Figure 7.1. • The path-following method as shown in Figure 17.1. • The homogeneous self-dual method as shown in Figure 21.1. • The long-step homogeneous self-dual method as described in Exercise 21.4. The programs that implement these algorithms are written in З and can be easily compiled on most hardware platforms. Students/instructors are encouraged to install and compile these programs on their local hardware. Great pains have been taken to make the source code for these programs readable (see Appendix A). In particular, the names of the variables in the programs are consistent with the notation of this book. There are two ways to run these programs. The first is to prepare the input in a standard computer-file format, called MPS format, and to run the program using such.