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Teaching Integer Programming Starting From an Energy Supply Game

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  • Jeroen Beliën

    () (Center for Informatics, Modeling and Simulation, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; and Associated Staff Center for Operations Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)

  • Jan Colpaert

    () (Center for Informatics, Modeling and Simulation, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; and Associated Staff Center for Operations Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)

  • Liesje De Boeck

    () (Center for Informatics, Modeling and Simulation, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; and Associated Staff Center for Operations Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)

  • Johan Eyckmans

    () (Center for Research on Economic Markets and their Environments, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium; and Associated Staff Center for Economic Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)

  • Wouter Leirens

    () (Colruyt Group Services, Wilgenveld, B-1500 Halle, Belgium)

Abstract

This paper presents an integer programming (IP) model for solving an online energy supply game. Instead of a traditional approach in which students are given a problem statement and asked to develop an IP model, both the problem and data are hidden in the game. The energy supply game can be used to illustrate many mathematical programming concepts including blending constraints, multiobjective programming, and the branch-and-bound method. In addition to developing IP modeling skills, students become familiar with the properties of several energy supply systems. The results of two experiments and the related evaluation questionnaires indicate that the game component motivates students more to build IP models as compared to classic approaches.

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  • Jeroen Beliën & Jan Colpaert & Liesje De Boeck & Johan Eyckmans & Wouter Leirens, 2013. "Teaching Integer Programming Starting From an Energy Supply Game," INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS, vol. 13(3), pages 129-137, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:13:y:2013:i:3:p:129-137
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