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Discrete Dynamic Programming and Capital Allocation

  • G. L. Nemhauser

    (The Johns Hopkins University)

  • Z. Ullmann

    (Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, California)

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    Dynamic programming algorithms are developed for optimal capital allocation subject to budget constraints. We extend the work of Weingartner [Weingartner, H. M. 1966. Capital budgeting of interrelated projects: Survey and synthesis. Management Sci. 12(7, March) 485-516.] and Weingartner and Ness [Weingartner, H. M., D. N. Ness. 1967. Methods for the solution of the multi-dimensional 0/1 knapsack problem. Oper. Res. 15(1, January-February) 83-108.] by including multilevel projects, reinvesting returns, borrowing and lending, capital deferrals, and project interactions. We are able to handle dynamic programming models with several state variables because the optimal returns are monotone non-decreasing step functions. Computational experience with a variety of problems is reported.

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    Volume (Year): 15 (1969)
    Issue (Month): 9 (May)
    Pages: 494-505

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:15:y:1969:i:9:p:494-505
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