Introduction to Operations Research



Prof. G. Srinivasan

IIT Madras

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Operations Research (OR) is a discipline that helps to make better decisions in complex scenarios by the application of a set of advanced analytical methods. It couples theories, results and theorems of mathematics, statistics and probability with its own theories and algorithms for problem solving. Applications of OR techniques spread over various fields in engineering, management and public systems.
This course introduces the students to the following topics
Linear Programming,
Transportation problems
Assignment problems.
Advanced topics on duality.
At the end of this course students will be able to understand, formulate linear programming problems and applications.


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G Srinivasan is a Professor in the Department of Management Studies at IIT Madras. He has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. His areas of Interest include Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, O.R. Applications. His videos in Operations Research available under NPTEL are popular.

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IIT Madras

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Course Details

Unit 1:  Linear Programming (LP): Terminology and formulations
Unit 2:  Graphical and Algebraic solutions to LP
Unit 3:  Simplex Algorithm: Algebraic form, Tabular form, Types of LPs, Matrix  method
Unit 4:  Duality: Writing the dual of an LP, Primal-Dual relationships
Unit 5:  Dual: Basic understanding, significance, interpretation, Dual Simplex algorithm
Unit 6:  Transportation Problem
Unit 7:  Assignment Problem
Unit 8:  Solving LPs using Solver, Sensitivity analysis

Books and References

“Operations Research:Principles and Applications” by G.Srinivasan, PHI Learning Private Limited.
“Operations Research: An Introduction” by Hamdy A. Taha, Pearson.
“Operations Research: Principles and Practice” by Ravindran, Phillips and Solberg, Wiley India
“Operations Research: Concepts and Cases” by Hillier and Liberman, McGraw-Hill


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