Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Algebraic modeling languages for optimization

  • Richard E. Rosenthal
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_25

BUILDING OPTIMIZATION MODELS

Optimization models (linear, nonlinear and integer programs) have been used widely and with great success in industry, government and the military. As computers and algorithms for solving these models have become more and more powerful, and as a larger number of people in an ever-widening range of disciplines develop the expertise to pose important decision problems in the optimization modeling framework, there has been a growing awareness that the limiting factor in the application of this technology is often the modeler's ability to provide the necessary inputs to a computer algorithm and to make meaningful analysis of the output.

A complaint that has been made in the past about the viability of optimization modeling by some managers is: “By the time I receive the answer, I have forgotten the question.” This complaint is not about computational limitations of the solution algorithms. It refers to the human time expended in converting a modeling idea into...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Rosenthal
    • 1
  1. 1.Naval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyUSA