National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 293–294 | Cite as

A Note on Zero Suffix Method for the Optimal Solution of the Transportation Problems

  • Gourav GuptaEmail author
  • Sandeep Singh
  • Deepika Rani
Short Communication


Classical methods of finding the optimal solution of a transportation problem requires, initial basic feasible solution using any of the appropriate method like north-west corner rule, least cost method, Vogel’s approximation method etc. This obtained solution is improved towards the optimal solution by checking the optimality criteria using any of the existing methods, e.g., the modified distribution method, stepping-stone method etc. But Sudhakar et al. (Eur J Sci Res 68:254–257, 2012) suggested an approach called the zero suffix method that gives the optimal solution for transportation problems directly, i.e., without finding the initial basic feasible solution initially.


Transportation problem Optimal solution Zero suffix method 



The second (SS) and third (DR) authors would like to thank CSIR, Government of India for providing financial support. The authors are thankful to the corresponding editor and the anonymous reviewers for utilizing their precious time in reviewing this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of SciencesBaddi University of Emerging Sciences and TechnologyHimachal PradeshIndia
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsAkal UniversityTalwandi SaboIndia
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsDr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of TechnologyJalandharIndia

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