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Instance Formats for Mathematical Optimization Models

  1. Horand Gassmann1,
  2. Jun Ma2,
  3. Kipp Martin3

Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0411

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

How to Cite

Gassmann, H., Ma, J. and Martin, K. 2011. Instance Formats for Mathematical Optimization Models. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Dalhousie University, School of Business Administration, Halifax, Canada

  2. 2

    Northwestern University, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Evanston, Illinois

  3. 3

    The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Chicago, Illinois

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

Abstract

In order to use a piece of software—optimization solver, simulation package, model analyzer, and so on—on a mathematical model, it is necessary to communicate a model instance to the software. Additionally, such software typically accepts options to specify tolerances, set algorithmic parameters, and so on. Finally, the software must communicate the result instance back to the user. In this article we focus on optimization solvers and review existing formats for optimization instances, solver option instances and result instances, and describe the research issues involved in designing these instance formats.

Keywords:

  • optimization instance format;
  • solver option format;
  • solver result format;
  • optimization services;
  • modeling languages