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Re: Linear optimization

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  • Subject: [mg2759] Re: Linear optimization
  • From: rubin at (Paul A. Rubin)
  • Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 02:02:30 -0500
  • Organization: Michigan State University

In article <4aiqoj$57b at>,
   "M. Lange YPE" <MLANGE at> wrote:
->Hello everybody,
->I need to optimize a linear system involving typically six equality 
-> for eight variables, and a minimum level for each of the variables. I 
tried to
-> do this using LinearProgramming but there seems to be no way to specify 
->some of the constraints are to be equality (in MMA 2.2.2 for the Mac, 
->version). So I was looking for some other way, possibly using the Simplex 
->rithm. There is a notebook called "" in MathSource but it just 
->the table, without doing an iteration. Does any of you out there know 
where to
->get a good implementation from (or how else to solve that problem)?
->Thanks a lot for any hints!
->| Max O. Lange, ESA ESTEC YPE, Tel. +31-1719-85395, Fax 85421        |
->| E-mail: mlange at                                |
You can encode m . x == b as two inequalities:  m . x >= b and 
-m . x >= -b.  As far as I know, Mathematica does not require that b be 
nonnegative.  You could also switch to ConstrainedMax or ConstrainedMin, 
which allow equations explicitly.

Paul Rubin

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