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The Factored Transportation Problem

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  • James R. Evans

    (College of Business Administration, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221)

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    The factored transportation problem is one having cost coefficients of the form c ij = u iv j. The main result proven in this paper is that if rows are arranged according to nonincreasing u i and columns by nondecreasing v j, then the northwest corner rule provides an optimal solution. Applications to stock location in a warehouse and information storage and retrieval policies are presented. For the stock location problem, this verifies that a previously advocated heuristic is optimal.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1984)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 1021-1024

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:30:y:1984:i:8:p:1021-1024

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    Keywords: transportation problem; northwest corner rule; warehouse stock location;

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