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The Basics of Practical Optimization

The Basics of Practical Optimization

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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Soc for Industrial & Applied Mathematics for availability.
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780898716795

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  • This textbook provides undergraduate students with an introduction to optimization and its uses for relevant and realistic problems. The only prerequisite for readers is a basic understanding of multivariable calculus because additional material, such as explanations of matrix tools, are provided in a series of asides both throughout the text at relevant points and in a handy appendix. The Basics of Practical Optimization presents step-by-step solutions for five prototypical examples that fit the general optimization model, along with instruction on using numerical methods to solve models and making informed use of the results. It also includes information on how to optimize while adjusting the method to accommodate various practical concerns; three fundamentally different approaches to optimizing functions under constraints; and ways to handle the special case when the variables are integers. The author provides four levels of learn-by-doing activities through the book.

    • Introduces students to a broad, exciting, and developing field of applied mathematics
    • Supports a natural transition from calculus to optimization
    • The accompanying website offers the Mathematica notebooks that support the implementations
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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780898716795
    • length: 170 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 177 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact Soc for Industrial & Applied Mathematics for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface
    1. Modeling
    2. Impractical optimization
    3. Basic practical optimization
    4. Some practical modifications
    5. How methods are ranked
    6. Constraints
    7. More practical modifications
    8. Integer variables
    9. Other methods
    Appendix of asides
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Adam B. Levy, Bowdoin College, Maine
    Adam Levy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Bowdoin College. He was recognized in 1997 with the college's Sydney B. Korofsky prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching and has published over two dozen journal articles on optimization.

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