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Description
A transportation problem basically deals with
the problem, which aims to find the best way to
fulfill the demand of n demand points using the
capacities of m supply points. While trying to
find the best way, generally a variable cost of
shipping the product from one supply point to
a demand point or a similar constraint should
be taken into consideration.

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Æormulating Transportation
Problems
Example 1: Powerco has three electric
power plants that supply the electric
needs of four cities.
The associated supply of each plant and
demand of each city is given in the table 1.
The cost of sending 1 million kwh of
electricity from a plant to a city depends
on the distance the electricity must travel.

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Transportation table
A transportation problem is specified by
the supply, the demand, and the shipping
costs. So the relevant data can be
summarized in a transportation tableau.
The transportation tableau implicitly
expresses the supply and demand
constraints and the shipping cost between
each demand and supply point.

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Shipping costs, Supply, and Demand for
Power co Example

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Solution
1. Decision Variable:
Since we have to determine how much
electricity is sent from each plant to each
city;

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and sent to city j

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Vbjective function
Since we want to minimize the total cost of
shipping from plants to cities;

Minimize Z = 8X11+6X12+10X13+9X14
+9X21+12X22+13X23+7X24
+14X31+9X32+16X33+5X34

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Supply Constraints
Since each supply point has a limited production
capacity;

X11+X12+X13+X14 <= 35
X21+X22+X23+X24 <= 50
X31+X32+X33+X34 <= 40

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. Demand Constraints
Since each supply point has a limited production
capacity;

X11+X21+X31 >= 45
X12+X22+X32 >= 20
X13+X23+X33 >= 30
X14+X24+X34 >= 30

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5. Sign Constraints
Since a negative amount of electricity can not be
shipped all Xij·s must be non negative;

## Xij >= 0 (i= 1,2,3; j= 1,2,3,4)

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DP Æormulation of Powerco·s Problem
Min Z = 8X11+6X12+10X13+9X14+9X21+12X22+13X23+7X24
+14X31+9X32+16X33+5X34

## S.T.: X11+X12+X13+X14 <= 35 (Supply Constraints)

X21+X22+X23+X24 <= 50
X31+X32+X33+X34 <= 40
X11+X21+X31 >= 45 (Demand
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X12+X22+X32 >= 20
X13+X23+X33 >= 30
X14+X24+X34 >= 30
Xij >= 0 (i= 1,2,3; j= 1,2,3,4)
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[eneral Description of a Transportation
Problem
1. A set of m supply points from which a good
is shipped. Supply point i can supply at most
si units.
2. A set of n demand points to which the good
is shipped. Demand point j must receive at
least di units of the shipped good.
3. Each unit produced at supply point i and
shipped to demand point j incurs a variable
cost of cij.

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Xij = number of units shipped from supply point i to
demand point j
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åalanced Transportation Problem
If Total supply equals to total demand, the
problem is said to be a balanced
transportation problem:

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åalancing a TP if total supply exceeds total
demand

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can balance the problem by adding dummy
demand point. Since shipments to the
dummy demand point are not real, they
are assigned a cost of zero.

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åalancing a transportation problem if total
supply is less than total demand

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supply that is strictly less than total
demand the problem has no feasible
solution.There is no doubt that in such a
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Æinding åasic Æeasible Solution for
TP
Unlike other Dinear Programming
problems, a balanced TP with m supply
points and n demand points is easier to
solve, although it has m + n equality
constraints.The reason for that is, if a set
of decision variables (xij·s) satisfy all but
one constraint, the values for xij·s will
satisfy that remaining constraint
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Methods to find the bfs for a balanced TP
There are three basic methods:

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3. Vogel·s Method

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Northwest Corner Method
To find the bfs by the NWC method:
åegin in the upper left (northwest) corner of
the transportation tableau and set x11 as
large as possible (here the limitations for
setting x11 to a larger number, will be the
demand of demand point 1 and the supply
of supply point 1.Your x11 value can not be
greater than minimum of this 2 values).

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According to the explanations in the previous slide
we can set x11=3 (meaning demand of demand
point 1 is satisfied by supply point 1).

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Minimum Cost Method
The Northwest Corner Method dos not utilize
shipping costs. It can yield an initial bfs easily but
the total shipping cost may be very high. The
minimum cost method uses shipping costs in
order come up with a bfs that has a lower cost. To
begin the minimum cost method, first we find the
decision variable with the smallest shipping cost
(ij). Then assign ij its largest possible value,
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After that, as in the Northwest Corner Method we
should cross out row i and column j and reduce the
supply or demand of the noncrossed-out row or
column by the value of Xij. Then we will choose the
cell with the minimum cost of shipping from the
cells that do not lie in a crossed-out row or column
and we will repeat the procedure.

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An example for Minimum Cost Method
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Vogel·s Method
åegin with computing each row and column a
penalty.The penalty will be equal to the difference
between the two smallest shipping costs in the
row or column. Identify the row or column with
the largest penalty. Æind the first basic variable
which has the smallest shipping cost in that row
or column. Then assign the highest possible value
to that variable, and cross-out the row or column
as in the previous methods. Compute new
penalties and use the same procedure.

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The Transportation Simplex
Method

## In this section we will explain how the simplex

algorithm is used to solve a transportation problem.

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ow to Pivot a Transportation Problem
åased on the transportation tableau, the
following steps should be performed.
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developed shortly, for example northwest corner
method) the variable that should enter the basis.
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is only one loop) involving the entering variable
and some of the basic variables.
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as even cells or odd cells.
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 Æind the odd cells whose variable assumes
the smallest value. Call this value . The variable
corresponding to this odd cell will leave the basis.
To perform the pivot, decrease the value of each
odd cell by  and increase the value of each even
cell by . The variables that are not in the loop
remain unchanged.The pivot is now complete. If
=0, the entering variable will equal 0, and an odd
variable that has a current value of 0 will leave the
basis. In this case a degenerate bfs existed before
and will result after the pivot. If more than one
odd cell in the loop equals , you may arbitrarily
choose one of these odd cells to leave the basis;
again a degenerate bfs will result
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Assignment Problems
Example: Machine has four jobs to be completed.
Each machine must be assigned to complete one
job. The time required to setup each machine for
completing each job is shown in the table below.
Machine wants to minimize the total setup time
needed to complete the four jobs.

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Setup times
(Also called the cost matrix)

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The Model
According to the setup table Machinco·s problem
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Æor the model on the previous page note that:

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transportation problem in which all supplies and
demands are equal to 1.
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The Assignment Problem

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thousands of people to jobs.

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assignment problem predates research on DPs.

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techniques exist.
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Although the transportation simplex appears to be
very efficient, there is a certain class of transportation
problems, called assignment problems, for which the
transportation simplex is often very inefficient. Æor
that reason there is an other method called The
ungarian Method.The steps of The ungarian
Method are as listed below:
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row of the mxm cost matrix. Construct a new matrix
by subtracting from each cost the minimum cost in its
row. Æor this new matrix, find the minimum cost in
each column. Construct a new matrix (reduced cost
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(horizontal and/or vertical) that are needed to
cover all zeros in the reduced cost matrix. If m
lines are required , an optimal solution is available
among the covered zeros in the matrix. If fewer
than m lines are required, proceed to step 3.

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value k) in the reduced cost matrix that is
uncovered by the lines drawn in step 2. Now
subtract k from each uncovered element of the
reduced cost matrix and add k to each element
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Transshipment Problems
A transportation problem allows only shipments
that go directly from supply points to demand
points. In many situations, shipments are allowed
between supply points or between demand points.
Sometimes there may also be points (called
transshipment points) through which goods can be
transshipped on their journey from a supply point
to a demand point. Æortunately, the optimal
solution to a transshipment problem can be found
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Transshipment Problem
ë An extension of a transportation problem
´ More general than the transportation problem in that in
this problem there are intermediate ´transshipment
pointsµ. In addition, shipments may be allowed between
supply points and/or between demand points
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´ Supply point: it can send goods to another point but
cannot receive goods from any other point
´ Demand point It can receive goods from other points
but cannot send goods to any other point
´ Transshipment point: It can both receive goods from
other points send goods to other points
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The following steps describe how the optimal
solution to a transshipment problem can be found
by solving a transportation problem.
Step1. If necessary, add a dummy demand point
(with a supply of 0 and a demand equal to the
problem·s excess supply) to balance the problem.
Shipments to the dummy and from a point to itself
will be zero. Det s= total available supply.
Step2. Construct a transportation tableau as
follows: A row in the tableau will be needed for
each supply point and transshipment point, and a
column will be needed for each demand point and
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Each supply point will have a supply equal to it·s
original supply, and each demand point will have a
demand to its original demand. Det s= total
available supply.Then each transshipment point will
have a supply equal to (point·s original supply)+s
and a demand equal to (point·s original demand)+s.
This ensures that any transshipment point that is a
net supplier will have a net outflow equal to
point·s original supply and a net demander will
have a net inflow equal to point·s original demand.
Although we don·t know how much will be
shipped through each transshipment point, we can
be sure that the total amount will not exceed s.
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Transshipment Example
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two factories, one in Memphis and one in
Denver.The Memphis factory can produce as
150 widgets, and the Denver factory can
produce as many as 200 widgets per day.
Widgets are shipped by air to customers in DA
and åoston. The customers in each city require
130 widgets per day. åecause of the deregulation
of airfares, Widgetco believes that it may be
cheaper first fly some widgets to NY or Chicago
and then fly them to their final destinations.The
cost of flying a widget are shown next. Widgetco
wants to minimize the total cost of shipping the
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Transportation Table Associated with
the Transshipment Example
ë NY Chicago DA åoston Dummy Supply
ë Memphis \$8 \$13 \$25 \$28 \$0 150
ë Denver \$15 \$12 \$26 \$25 \$0 200
ë NY \$0 \$6 \$16 \$17 \$0 350
ë Chicago \$6 \$0 \$14 \$16 \$0 350
ë Demand 350 350 130 130 90
ë Supply points: Memphis, Denver
ë Demand Points: DA åoston
ë Transshipment Points: NY, Chicago
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Dimitations of Transportation Problem
ë Vne commodity VNDY: any one product
supplied and demanded at multiple locations
´ Merchandise
´ Electricity, water
ë Invalid for multiple commodities: (UNDESS
transporting any one of the multiple
commodities is completely independent of
transporting any other commodity and hence can
be treated by itself alone)
´ Example: transporting product 1 and product 2 from
the supply points to the demand points where the total
amount (of the two products) transported on a link is
subject to a capacity constraint
´ Example: where economy of scale can be achieved by
transporting the two products on the same link at a
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Dimitations of Transportation Problem
´ Difficult to generalize the technique to accommodate
(these are generic difficulty for ´mathematical
programming,µ including linear and non-linear programming
À Economy of scale the per-unit cost of transportation on a link
decreasing with the volume (nonlinear and concave; there is a trick
to convert a ´non-linear program with a piecewise linear but convex
objective function to a linear program; no such tricks exists for a
piecewise linear but concave objective function)
À Æixed-cost: transportation usually involves fixed charges. Æor
example, the cost of truck rental (or cost of trucking in general)
consists of a fixed charge that is independent of the mileage and a
mileage charge that is proportional to the total mileage driven. Such
fixed charges render the objective function NVN-DINEAR and
CVNCAVE and make the problem much more difficult to solve

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Presented by

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ë Æuture innoversity

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