Course syllabus

# Linjär och kombinatorisk optimering Linear and Combinatorial Optimization

## FMA240, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2011-03-23

## General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective for: D4, D4-pv, E4, E4-pv, F4, F4-pv, F4-bs, F4-fm, Pi3, Pi3-fm, Pi3-pv
Language of instruction: The course might be given in English

## Aim

In science, technology and economics, linear and combinatorial optimization problems appear more and more often. The most well known example is linear programming, where the so called simplex method has been of utmost importance in industry since it was invented in the middle of the 20th century. Other important problems, e.g. for effective data processing, contain discrete variables, for example integers. In connection with this, the importance of combinatorial methods has grown. The aim of the course is to make the students aware of problems in linear and combinatorial optimization which are important in the applications, and to give them knowledge about mathematical methods for their solution. The aim is also to make the students develop their ability to solve problems, with and without the use of a computer.

## Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

understand and be able to clearly explain the theory behind the simplex method.

be able to describe and informally explain the mathematical theory behind central algorithms in combinatorial optimization (including local search, branch and bound methods, simulated annealing, genetic optimization, neural networks).

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

be able to show a good capability to (i) identify problems in the area, (ii) formulate these in mathematical terms, (iii) choose an appropriate method to solve them, and finally (iv) carry out the solution, possibly with the help of a computer.

be able to write computer programs to solve linear and combinatorial optimization problems.

with proper terminology, in a well structured way and with clear logic be able to explain the solution to a problem within linear and combinatorial optimization.

## Contents

Linear programming. Transport problems. Maximal flow. Local search. Simulated annealing. Genetic optimization. Neural networks.

## Examination details

Assessment: Written and/or oral test, to be decided by the examiner. Computer work. Some minor projects should be completed before the exam.

Parts
Code: 0103. Name: Examination.
Code: 0203. Name: Computer Exercises.

Required prior knowledge: FMA420 Linear Algebra.
The number of participants is limited to: No