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16.5  Exercise

A company produces two types of products T1 and T2, which requires the following resources to produce each unit of the product:

Labour (hours)96
Pumps (units)11
Tubing (m)1216

The amount of profit per unit of products are:


They have the following resources available: 1566 hours of labour, 200 pumps, and 2880 metres of tubing.

  1. Write a program to maximise the profit for the company, using eplex as a black box solver. Write a predicate that returns the profit and the values for T1 and T2.
  2. What program change is required to answer this question: What profit can be achieved if exactly 150 units of T1 are required?
  3. What would the profit be if fractional numbers of refrigerators could be produced?
  4. Rewrite the program from (1) without optimize/2, using eplex_solver_setup/1, eplex_solve/1, and eplex_var_get/3.
  5. In the program from (4), remove the integrality constraints (so that eplex only sees an LP problem). Solve the integer problem by interleaving solving of the LP problem with a rounding heuristic:

    What is the result in terms of T1, T2 and Profit?

  6. Rewrite the program from (5) using eplex_solver_setup/4 and automatic triggering of the solver instead of explicit calls to eplex_solve/1. The solver should be triggered whenever variables get instantiated.

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