Supporting Operations Management Decisions with LP Parametric Analyses Using AIMMS
Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences
Organizations all over the world use Business Analytics (BA) to gain insight in order to drive business strategy and planning. With the increasing amount of available data larger models are created to support decision making, but managers also must deal with the uncertainty of the input parameters. In this perspective Linear Programming (LP) models have two valuable properties: the required computation time allows large models to be solved and further valuable insight can be gained about the
... blem using sensitivity analysis. There is a wide range of tools available to solve LP problems. Many of these tools use an implementation of the simplex method and provides an optimal solution related sensitivity information. The sensitivity information generated by such solvers are often used by managers in the decision making process. There are situations when managers may have a hard time taking decision based on the information provided by most of the commercially available LP solvers. If the optimal solution of the primal problem (dual degeneracy) or the dual problem (primal degeneracy) is not unique, the resulting sensitivity information can be misleading for managers. In other cases, the resulted ranges may be too tight for decision support, thus information about a wider range is required. In this paper parametric analysis information is recommended to complete the traditional LP results in order to increase the insight of operations managers when using LP models for operation improvement.