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How to model a mixed-integer linear programming formulation in Python using Gurobi?

I can remember that I spent some time in understanding how to formulate my first model. So I aimed at presenting a complete model here, wishing to save some time for students or researchers needing it....
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Are Python and Julia used for optimization in industry?

I am giving a small computer exercise that aims at teaching students the basics of a modelling language to model small optimization problems. So far I have been using the modelling language GAMS as ...
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How to generate multiple solutions to linear program in Python?

I recently posted a question here where I had written some Pyomo code to solve a simple linear program, however I feel the Operations Research platform is perhaps a better fit for this question. My ...
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Implementing solvers with Object Oriented Programming

I would like to know what are some best practices in designing a solver implementation with Object Oriented Programming. We have implemented a solver with procedural programming paradigm, using python,...
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Modeling and solvers

I have just started to dive into OR world on my work. Currently we are using GAMS with Gurobi but some of us have strong programming background and would like to have more programmatic approach to OR. ...
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Python API and CPLEX

Note: See the EDIT below for one possible solution. I apologize if this is not appropriate but I don't really have anywhere else to turn. I was hoping that someone would be able to post how they ...
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Pulp Python: How to formulate a time-based variable for shipping demurrage

I am working on a shipping optimisation problem that aims to minimise demurrage charges as a result of low/insufficient inventory. I have daily vessel requirement (sales) data in the format ...
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How to find all vertices of a polyhedron

I have a convex polyhedron given by a set of linear inequalities, for example: $$ x_1 \geq 0,~~ x_2 \geq 0, ~~x_3\geq 0 \\ x_1+x_2\leq 1,~~ x_2+x_3\leq 1,~~ x_3+x_1\leq 1 $$ I want to list all the ...
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Pyomo: Looping Over A Variable Method

I am trying to extract my variable values into unique lists so that I can pass them to a panadas dataframe and eventually export the dataframe to Excel after I solve my model. The idea is to have the ...
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When should I use a solver for IP and MIP and can I just use a library from Python, R, Matlab, etc…?

Are there any rules of thumb for figuring out when you need to use a solver like Gurobi or CPLEX, and when you can just solve you problems directly with a Python, R, or Matlab package? Is it just a ...
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How can I add this conditional constraint to my model in Python?

I am creating an optimization model with 2 sets of binary decision variables. The first, site, is regarding which of 380 cities to place manufacturing sites in, and ...
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Interface for Cbc - COIN-OR

I would like to code some IP/MIP models in python and test them with an open-source solver. As of now, I only know the Cbc - COIN-OR open-source solver. I have already tried the or-tools interface, ...
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Advanced Heuristics for MIP vehicle routing problem in PuLP

I am currently trying to speed up an MIP. An approach I was considering was to implement a cut callback heuristic with PuLP (one which rounds relaxed integer variables greater than .9 to 1). ...
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Scheduling with transition costs - DOCPLEX

I am dealing with a kind of scheduling problem. I have a set of tasks to be executed by a set of machines. It is known that different machines are able to execute the same task, but each machine can ...
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Is the order of edges in graph is changing the optimization result?

I am solving an optimization problem using Pulp and NetworkX. The problem is similar to the Minimum Vertex Set (MVS) problem. I have noticed that the optimizer is Scanning the edges according to their ...
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Python modeling for ILP Minimum Dominating Set (MDS)

I'm writing a code for solving the MDS problem, the problem is: \begin{align}\min&\quad\sum_{v\in V}y_v\\\text{s.t.}&\quad y_v+\sum_{(u,v)\in E}y_u\ge1\quad\forall v\in V\\&\quad y_v\in\{0,...
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Representing Date Variables in Pulp

I am working on an optimisation problem that involves minimising shipping demurrage. I am struggling to model how to represent the difference, (x-y) between dates where the ship is ready to be loaded ...
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Travelling salesman problem variant without returning to the starting point

I tried the code provided on the link : https://developers.google.com/optimization/routing/tsp The actual requirement is to traverse all paths without returning to the start point with minimum ...
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Mutable parameter in Pyomo causes a problem

I am defining a Pyomo model that should have some mutable Big-M parameters whose values should be dynamically assigned (once). However, I am having a problem with a difference equation as described in ...