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Suggest the next step in the simplex algorithm

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linopt::Transparent::suggest(tableau) suggests the next step in the simplex algorithm for the given simplex tableau tableau.

Normally this suggestion will be a pivot element, i.e. a sequence of a basic and a non-basic variable. If a phase I of the 2-phase simplex algorithm was started explicitly (see linopt::Transparent::phaseI_tableau) and the current tableau belongs to a feasible solution the suggestion will be the string "linopt::Transparent::phaseII_tableau". At the end of the calculation the 'suggestion' is the identifier OPTIMAL.

The result of linopt::Transparent::suggest can be influenced if the global identifier OPTIMAL has a value. For this reason the identifier OPTIMAL is protected.


Example 1

We have a look at a linear program where the ordinary simplex tableau of the given problem is not the last tableau during the computation of the simplex algorithm. Looking at the ordinary simplex tableau we see that the element of the slk[2]-labeled row and the x-labeled column is a pivot element:

k := [{3*x + 4*y - 3*z <= 23, 5*x - 4*y - 3*z <= 10, 
       7*x + 4*y + 11*z <= 30}, -x + y + 2*z, NonNegative]:
t := linopt::Transparent(k);

delete k, t:

Example 2

Here the ordinary simplex tableau still contains the solution of the linear program if the linear objective function is to minimize (see linopt::Transparent for more information):

k := [{x+y>=-1, x+y<=3}, x+2*y, NonNegative]:   
t := linopt::Transparent(k);                      

delete k, t:

Example 3

Here we explicitly start the first phase of the simplex algorithm. If we want a solution of the original linear program we have to apply the second phase of the simplex algorithm:

k := [{3*x + 4*y - 3*z <= 23, 5*x -4*y -3*z <= 10,
       7*x + 4*y + 11*z <= 30}, -x + y + 2*z, NonNegative]:
t := linopt::Transparent(k):
t := linopt::Transparent::phaseI_tableau(t):
t := linopt::Transparent::simplex(t):

delete k, t:



A simplex tableau of domain type linopt::Transparent

Return Values

Sequence of 2 identifiers, the identifier OPTIMAL or the string "linopt::Transparent::phaseII_tableau".


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