TY - JOUR

T1 - Comparative studies on dynamic programming and integer programming approaches for concave cost production/inventory control problems

AU - Konno, Hiroshi

AU - Egawa, Takaaki

AU - Yamamoto, Rei

N1 - Funding Information:
Acknowledgments The research of the first author was supported in part by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research B18310109 of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of the Government of Japan.

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - This paper is concerned with classical concave cost multi-echelon production/inventory control problems studied by W. Zangwill and others. It is well known that the problem with m production steps and n time periods can be solved by a dynamic programming algorithm in O (n4m) steps, which is considered as the fastest algorithm for solving this class of problems. In this paper, we will show that an alternative 0-1 integer programming approach can solve the same problem much faster particularly when n is large and the number of 0-1 integer variables is relatively few. This class of problems include, among others problem with set-up cost function and piecewise linear cost function with fewer linear pieces. The new approach can solve problems with mixed concave/convex cost functions, which cannot be solved by dynamic programming algorithms.

AB - This paper is concerned with classical concave cost multi-echelon production/inventory control problems studied by W. Zangwill and others. It is well known that the problem with m production steps and n time periods can be solved by a dynamic programming algorithm in O (n4m) steps, which is considered as the fastest algorithm for solving this class of problems. In this paper, we will show that an alternative 0-1 integer programming approach can solve the same problem much faster particularly when n is large and the number of 0-1 integer variables is relatively few. This class of problems include, among others problem with set-up cost function and piecewise linear cost function with fewer linear pieces. The new approach can solve problems with mixed concave/convex cost functions, which cannot be solved by dynamic programming algorithms.

KW - 0-1 integer programming

KW - Concave cost inventory control problem

KW - Dynamic programming algorithm

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U2 - 10.1007/s10287-007-0052-1

DO - 10.1007/s10287-007-0052-1

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:69249223174

SN - 1619-697X

VL - 6

SP - 447

EP - 457

JO - Computational Management Science

JF - Computational Management Science

IS - 4

ER -