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Operations Research: An Introduction, Global Edition, 10th Edition

Hamdy A. Taha

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Operations Research: An Introduction, Global Edition, 10th Edition

By Hamdy A. Taha
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Overview
Author
Hamdy A. Taha
Edition
10th
ISBN
9781292165547
Published Date
28/11/2016
Pages
848

For junior/senior undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in Operations Research in departments of Industrial Engineering, Business Administration, Statistics, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

Operations Research provides a broad focus on algorithmic and practical implementation of Operations Research (OR) techniques, using theory, applications, and computations to teach students OR basics. The book can be used conveniently in a survey course that encompasses all the major tools of operations research, or in two separate courses on deterministic and probabilistic decision-making.

provides a broad focus on algorithmic and practical implementation of Operations Research (OR) techniques, using theory, applications, and computations to teach students OR basics. The book can be used conveniently in a survey course that encompasses all the major tools of operations research, or in two separate courses on deterministic and probabilistic decision-making.

With the Tenth Edition, the author preserves classical algorithms by providing essential hand computational algorithms as an important part of OR history. Based on input and submissions from OR students, professors, and practitioners, the author also includes scenarios that show how classical algorithms can be beneficial in practice. These entries are included as Aha! Moments with each dealing with stories, anecdotes, and issues in OR theory, applications, computations, and teaching methodology that can advance the understanding of fundamental OR concepts.

Features
  • Added text mini-updates appear throughout the book.
  • Computational issues in the revised simplex method appear in Chapter 7, including a comparison between product form and the LU decomposition used with the revised simplex method.
  • Using a brief introduction, inventory modeling is presented within the more encompassing context of supply chains.
  • This edition adds two new case analyses, resulting in a total 17 fully-developed real-life applications. All the cases appear in chapter 26 on the website and are cross-referenced throughout the book using abstracts at the start of their most applicable chapters. For convenience, a select number of these cases appear in the printed book (I would have liked to move all the cases to their most applicable chapters, but I am committed to limiting the number of hard-copy pages to less than 900).
  • By popular demand, all problems now appear at end of their respective chapters and are cross-referenced by text section to facilitate making problem assignments.
  • New problems have been added.
  • TORA software has been updated. Excellent support software, both for understanding the OR algorithms (e.g., interactive TORA and Excel spreadsheets) and for solving large practical OR problems (e.g., AMPL and Excel Solver) relieves the tedium of hand computations and allows students to concentrate on understanding the OR concepts. Each chapter includes subsections named Excel Solver, Excel spreadsheets, TORA, and AMPL Moments that explain how computations are carried out, both at a tutorial level and in practice.
New to this edition

  • Added text mini-updates appear throughout the book.
  • Computational issues in the revised simplex method appear in Chapter 7, including a comparison between product form and the LU decomposition used with the revised simplex method.
  • Using a brief introduction, inventory modeling is presented within the more encompassing context of supply chains.
  • This edition adds two new case analyses, resulting in a total 17 fully-developed real-life applications. All the cases appear in chapter 26 on the website and are cross-referenced throughout the book using abstracts at the start of their most applicable chapters. For convenience, a select number of these cases appear in the printed book (I would have liked to move all the cases to their most applicable chapters, but I am committed to limiting the number of hard-copy pages to less than 900).
  • By popular demand, all problems now appear at end of their respective chapters and are cross-referenced by text section to facilitate making problem assignments.
  • New problems have been added.
  • TORA software has been updated. Excellent support software, both for understanding the OR algorithms (e.g., interactive TORA and Excel spreadsheets) and for solving large practical OR problems (e.g., AMPL and Excel Solver) relieves the tedium of hand computations and allows students to concentrate on understanding the OR concepts. Each chapter includes subsections named Excel Solver, Excel spreadsheets, TORA, and AMPL Moments that explain how computations are carried out, both at a tutorial level and in practice.

Table of contents
  • 1. What Is Operations Research?
  • 2. Modeling with Linear Programming
  • 3. The Simplex Method and Sensitivity Analysis
  • 4. Duality and Post-Optimal Analysis
  • 5. Transportation Model and Its Variants
  • 6. Network Models
  • 7. Advanced Linear Programming
  • 8. Goal Programming
  • 9. Integer Linear Programming
  • 10. Heuristic and Constraint Programming
  • 11. Traveling Salesperson Problem (TSP)
  • 12. Deterministic Dynamic Programming
  • 13. Inventory Modeling (with Introduction to Supply Chains)
  • 14. Review of Basic Probability
  • 15. Decision Analysis and Games
  • 16. Probabilistic Inventory Models
  • 17. Markov Chains
  • 18. Queuing Systems
  • 19. Simulation Modeling
  • 20. Classical Optimization Theory
  • 21. Nonlinear Programming Algorithms
  • Appendix A: Statistical Tables
  • Appendix B: Partial Answers to Selected Problems