Using the FuzzyLP package in R I have demonstrated simple linear optimization of a well defined linear problem using the crispLP function in a previous post. In that example basic simplex algorithm was applied to solve the problem.
In this post a linear optimization problem with fuzzy constraints has to be solved. The problem is a maximization problem and is stated below:
When solving this problem with the FuzzyLP package one should define the problem in vector-matrix syntax. The following template should be applied:
c is the coefficient vector of the objective function. x is the vector containing the optimization variables. A is the coefficient matrix of the linear constraints and b is the vector containing the constraint values. t are the maximum contraint violation values that might occur (this is why the problem is fuzzy).
The FCLP.classicObjective function comprised by the FuzzyLP package will solve this problem while guaranteeing a certain minimum objective function value. the FCLP.classicObjective function will try to maximize beta, while at the same time guaranteeing a lower limit of the objective function value. In this example I want the solver to ensure an objective function value of at least 7.
In below coding example I model and solve the problem in R, using FCLP.classicObjective from FuzzyLP:
## Warning: package 'FuzzyLP' was built under R version 3.6.2
# define vectors and matrices that describe the problem at hand c <- c(3,4) A <- matrix(c(1,2,2,1,3,-1),nrow=3) dir <- c("<=","<=","<=") b <- c(1,1,1) t <- c(4,5,3) # solve the problem solution <- FCLP.classicObjective(objective = c, A = A, dir = dir, b = b, t = t, z0=7, maximum=TRUE)
## Bound reached, FCLP.fixedBeta with beta = 0.2413793 may obtain better results.
## beta x1 x2 objective ## [1,] 0.2413793 1.827586 0.3793103 7
It is recommended by the developers of this package to use another function, called FCLP.fixedBeta, after having executed FCLP.classicObjective. FCLP.fixedBeta will take a fixed value for beta and execute basic simplex for optimization.
In below example you can see how I use FCLP.fixedBeta, using the beta-value identified by the FCLP.classicObjective optimization run:
# solve the problem using FCLP.fixedBeta solution <- FCLP.fixedBeta(objective = c, A = A, dir = dir, b = b, t = t, beta = 0.24, maximum=TRUE)
##  "Solution is optimal."
## beta x1 x2 objective ## [1,] 0.24 1.83 0.38 7.01
A benchmark run with beta = 0 returns a optimal objective function value of 8.75. That means, for beta = 0.24 the objective function value is not maximized. This is because FCLP.classicObjective guarantees a certain lower limit and maximizes beta. It does no optimize beta to determine a maximum objective function value.
There are other approaches to conducting optimization for a problem such as the one at hand. In some of my following posts I will provide some additional examples.
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