The Factored Transportation Problem
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.
Volume (Year): 30 (1984)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
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