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Linear Programming and Network Flows 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471636816
ISBN-10: 0471636819
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“I am finding this book useful both for students and other readers interested in this field, welcomed in the operation research literature.” (Zentralbaltt MATH, June 2005) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Addresses the problem of minimizing or maximizing a linear function in the presence of linear equality or inequality constraints. Provided are methods for modeling complex problems via effective algorithms on modern computers. The general theory and characteristics of optimization problems are presented, along with effective solution algorithms. Explores linear programming and network flows, employing polynomial-time algorithms and various specializations of the simplex method. Includes many numerical examples to illustrate theory and techniques.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 16, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471636819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471636816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,430,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I used this book as part of my grad level LP course that covered the first half of the book. Let me start out by saying that this is by no means a beginner's book. This book assumes a strong Linear Algebra and basic OR (assumes you know the Simplex method solution procedure, etc.) knowledge.If you are looking to get these OR prerequisites, then refer to the basic OR books by Hillier & Lieberman, Wayne Winston, Ignizio & Cavalier or A. Ravindran; this book is not for you.
This book is outstanding for understanding the theory and mathematical mechanics of LP and the first half of the book covers this comprehensively. The excercises in this book are outstanding (and can be hard). For those who need this book but are weak or rusty on the basics (like I was :) ) refer to one of the books above (I liked the Ignizio & Cavalier book a lot). I can't comment on the Network flows part of the book but it will almost surely be excellent if it is anything like the first half.
An excellent book for the intended audience.
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Format: Hardcover
I came across this book as a graduate student and hated it! But as I went deeper into Linear Programming (and stochastic programming) I realized the true worth of this book. It is definitely an intermediate-advanced level book rather than a beginner's book. Each concept is developed in painstaking detail with a strong base in Linear Algebra.
While the linear programming part is quite strong on the traditional algorithms, it is a little weak on interior point algorithms. For network flows, I would suggest the book by Ahuja et al... not because this book is bad but simply because Ahuja's done an unbeatable job.
Bottomline: This book is the best there is for a strong background in linear programming. If you are interested in theory look up Schrijver's "Theory of Linear and Integer Programming".
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Format: Hardcover
I used this book in my graduate linear programming class. The text is very descriptive in its theory and has a wealth of exercises from simple to doctorate level.
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Format: Paperback
I used this text while taking a graduate linear programming (LP)course on LP and network flows. I really liked the treatment. The typesetting was clear ,consistent and easily followed (not as good as Nash and Sofer's). The book also includes lots of nice side discussion on how or why the theory is the way it is. Plenty of references are offered for further study. Proofs were not rigorous. The highly mathematical reader may be disappointed by the "show proof" style used instead of a rigorous theorem-proof style. In fact, I seem to recall a time or two where the theorem came after the usage. For me, I didn't mind that, but a pure math guy would likely grind his teeth.
The network material was acceptable. I personally thought the text problems were not of the best quality. I would suggest a teacher supplement their own favorites outside of the book.
One caution is that the book is somewhat aged. I noticed a text like Nash and Sofer seems to have newer updates on the theory.
Overall, a great read for getting into the nitty gritty details of LP.
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I am currently working toward a Ph.D. in Management Science and used this book for a LP course. If you can get past the matrix algebra (which isn't too terribly difficult) you will find that this book contains more practical LP information than any other resource available. However, those looking for a "how to" book on linear programming might want to try a more elementary text first. This book is geared toward those interested in the more advanced computational aspects of LP (e.g., revised simplex method, LU decomposition, product form of the inverse, bounded variables, etc.). The chapter on sensitivity analysis is particularly well written and thorough. But beware, this book packs more info per page than I have ever seen!!!
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The techniques described are very theoretical but are friendly to be used in Computer programs. Has a great deal of depth.
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By A Customer on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book for learning Linear programming but not very good for network flows. But the names given and symbols may vary from other books. I reccomend sticking to one LP book and following the conventions. I liked most of the conventions in this book except some. Some of the problems were dealt too complication liem dealing the lower bounds on variables. Good excercises at end of each chapter. I recommend this book strongly but I am afraid you would need guidance from a teacher if you want to learn Lp for the first time. I reccommend Ahuja's boof for Network flows.
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