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IP modeling techniques I In this handout, Modeling techniques: Using binary variables Restrictions on number of options Contingent decisions Variables (functions) with k possible values Applications: Facility Location Problem Knapsack Problem

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Example of IP: Facility Location A company is thinking about building new facilities in LA and SF. Relevant data: Total capital available for investment: $10M Question: Which facilities should be built to maximize the total profit? capital neededexpected profit 1. factory in LA $6M$9M 2. factory in SF $3M$5M 3. warehouse in LA $5M$6M 4. warehouse in SF $2M$4M

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Example of IP: Facility Location Define decision variables ( i = 1, 2, 3, 4): Then the total expected benefit: 9x 1 +5x 2 +6x 3 +4x 4 the total capital needed: 6x 1 +3x 2 +5x 3 +2x 4 Summarizing, the IP model is: max 9x 1 +5x 2 +6x 3 +4x 4 s.t. 6x 1 +3x 2 +5x 3 +2x 4 10 x 1, x 2, x 3, x 4 binary ( i.e., x i {0,1} )

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Knapsack problem Any IP, which has only one constraint, is referred to as a knapsack problem. n items to be packed in a knapsack. The knapsack can hold up to W lb of items. Each item has weight w i lb and benefit b i. Goal: Pack the knapsack such that the total benefit is maximized.

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IP model for Knapsack problem Define decision variables ( i = 1, …, n): Then the total benefit: the total weight: Summarizing, the IP model is: max s.t. x i binary ( i = 1, …, n)

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Connection between the problems Note: The version of the facility location problem is a special case of the knapsack problem. Important modeling skill: –Suppose we know how to model Problems A 1,…,A p ; –We need to solve Problem B; –Notice the similarities between Problems A i and B; –Build a model for Problem B, using the model for Problem A i as a prototype.

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The Facility Location Problem: adding new requirements Extra requirement: build at most one of the two warehouses. The corresponding constraint is: x 3 +x 4 1 Extra requirement: build at least one of the two factories. The corresponding constraint is: x 1 +x 2 ≥ 1

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Modeling Technique: Restrictions on the number of options Suppose in a certain problem, n different options are considered. For i =1,…,n Restrictions: At least p and at most q of the options can be chosen. The corresponding constraints are:

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Modeling Technique: Contingent Decisions Back to the facility location problem. Requirement: Can’t build a warehouse unless there is a factory in the city. The corresponding constraints are: x 3 x 1 (LA) x 4 x 2 (SF) Requirement: Can’t select option 3 unless at least one of options 1 and 2 is selected. The constraint:x 3 x 1 + x 2 Requirement: Can’t select option 4 unless at least two of options 1, 2 and 3 are selected. The constraint:2x 4 x 1 + x 2 + x 3

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Modeling Technique: Variables with k possible values Suppose variable y should take one of the values d 1, d 2, …, d k. How to achieve that in the model? Introduce new decision variables. For i =1,…,k, Then we need the following constraints.

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Modeling Technique: Functions with k possible values The technique of the previous slide can be extended to functions. Suppose the linear function f(y)=a 1 y 1 +…+a n y n should take one of the values d 1, d 2, …, d k. Introduce new decision variables. For i =1,…,k, Then we need the following constraints.

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