A Mathematical Programming Generator System

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Edward A. Stohr

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Date Written: October 1985


This paper describes a mathematical programming generatorthat interprets problem statements written in the algebraicnotation found in journal articles and text-books and outputsstatements in the 'MPS format’ used by IBM’s MPSX mathematicalprogramming system. The system has been implemented in the APLprogramming language. Although originally designed forstand-alone use, it is currently being used as a component in anexpert system that will help users formulate large linearprogramming models, The paper describes the syntax of the problemdefinition language and gives some illustrative examples. Thereare several unique features. First, the user can define objectivefunction, constraint and right-hand-side coefficients as APLexpressions. This leads to concise problem statements and alsoreduces data storage and processing requirements. Second, thesystem supports an integrated data base query language. Finally,there are a number of aids for model maintenance and sensitivityanalysis. The last section of the paper describes the use ofMPGEN in the expert system context.

Suggested Citation

Stohr, Edward A., A Mathematical Programming Generator System (October 1985). Information Systems Working Papers Series, Vol. , pp. -, 1985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1290095

Edward A. Stohr (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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