Title: Two modelling approaches using spreadsheets for the transportation assignment problem
Authors: Xiang Ye, Xiao Zong
Addresses: Information School, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China. ' Information School, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
Abstract: This paper presents two modelling approaches for teaching the transportation assignment problem that have been very successful in teaching and learning. We have illustrated it using a numerical example and formulated two spreadsheets models using the popular spreadsheet package Microsoft Excel. In the first approach, we formulated an algebraic model, then transfered it to a spreadsheet. In the second approach, we formulated a spreadsheet model directly by using spreadsheet modelling techniques. We have demonstrated that students can understand and solve the transportation assignment problem more easily using these two approaches.
Keywords: case studies; Excel Solver; minimum cost flow problem; operations research education; management science education; spreadsheet modelling; transportation assignment; transportation problem; teaching; learning.
International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.316 - 325
Published online: 07 May 2006 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article