I have been working on a vehicle routing problem in which the truck transports several commodities, but these are measured in different units. Hence, we know the capacity of the truck for each of these commodities alone, but we don’t know how to convert them into one another so that we can load two commodities and still respect the capacity.
In this tutorial I will describe how to configure Apple Xcode to use IBM CPLEX with Concert technology in a C++ project. This tutorial assumes you already have CPLEX installed. If this is not the case, follow the How to Download and Install a full version of CPLEX (for Mac, obviously).
First, start Xcode and select “Create a new Xcode project”. This is also available from the File menu.
In this tutorial I will describe how to download and install a full version of IBM ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio 12.6.1 (the latest version as of now – May 2015).
IBM gives scholars and university researchers free access to its software and systems. This support to our academic research is greatly appreciated. You need to register and apply for the IBM Academic Initiative program, through IBM Academic Initiative.
When you receive the confirmation of your eligibility, you can login and click on “Access IBM software and systems”, which will allow you to search for whatever IBM product you want. Here, I was looking for “CPLEX”. A list of CPLEX versions appears in the pop-up list, I clicked on CPLEX 12.6.1, the latest one.
Often when writing a model, the most straightforward way of writing a constraint is by multiplying two variables. Then, in order to solve the model we need to linearize it. There comes the problem, as I always have problems reminding how to linearize a product of variables.
Linearizing the product of two binary variables
Suppose your model has the product , where , and are binary. There is an easy way of linearizing that equation. Add the three inequalities below