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Linear programming models for allocating work

Case Problem
B URLINGHAM T EXTILE C OMPANY
Brenda Last is the personnel director at the Burlingham Textile Company. The company's plant is expanding, and Brenda must fill five new supervisory positions in carding, spinning, weaving, inspection, and shipping. Applicants for the positions are required to take a written psychological and aptitude test. The test has different modules that indicate an applicant 's aptitude and suitability for a specific area and position. For example, one module tests the psychological traits and intellectual skills that are best suited for the inspection department, which are different from the traits and skills required in shipping. Brenda has had 10 applicants for the five positions and has compiled the results from the test. The test scores for each position module for each applicant (where the higher the score, the better) are as follows :
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Test Module Scores
Applicant Carding Spinning Weaving Inspection Shipping
Roger Acuff 68 75 72 86 78
Melissa Ball 73 82 66 78 85
Angela Coe 92 101 90 79 74
Maureen Davis 87 98 75 90 92
Fred Evans 58 62 93 81 75
Bob Frank 93 79 94 92 96
Ellen Gantry 77 92 90 81 93
David Harper 79 66 90 85 86
Mary Inchavelia 91 102 95 90 88
Marilu Jones 72 75 67 93 93

Brenda wants to offer the vacant positions to the five most qualified candidates. Determine an optimal assignment for Brenda.
There is a possibility that one or more of the successful applicants will turn down a position offer, and Brenda wants to be able to hire the next-best person into a position if someone rejects a job offer. If the applicant selected for the carding job turns it down, whom should Brenda offer this job to next? If the applicants for both the carding and spinning jobs turn them down, which of the remaining applicants should Brenda offer each job to? How would a third applicant be selected if three of the job offers were declined?
Brenda believes this is a particularly good group of applicants. She would like to retain a few of the people for several more supervisory positions that she believes will open up soon. She has two vacant clerical positions that she can offer to the two best applicants not selected for the five original supervisory positions. Then when the supervisory positions open , she can move these people into them.
QUESTIONS?
1. Formulate a linear programming model for this problem.
a) List the objective function (minimize or maximize) and all model constraints.

2. Solve problem using MS Excel's Solver
a) Hint: Use the "integer" constraint

3. This question is an assignment maximization problem (hint). However, the Assignment Model could be used to minimize. In what circumstances would you (or could you) use the Assignment Model to minimize? Give an example.

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Case Problem
BURLINGHAM TEXTILE C OMPANY
Brenda Last is the personnel director at the Burlingham Textile Company. The company's plant is expanding, and Brenda must fill five new supervisory positions in carding, spinning, weaving, inspection, and shipping. Applicants for the positions are required to take a written psychological and aptitude test. The test has different modules that indicate an applicant 's aptitude and suitability for a specific area and position. For example, one module tests the psychological traits and intellectual skills that are best suited for the inspection department, which are different from the traits and skills required in shipping. Brenda has had 10 applicants for the five positions and has compiled the results from the test. The test scores for each position module for each applicant (where the higher the score, the better) are as follows :

  Test Module Scores
Applicant Carding(C) Spinning(P) Weaving(W) Inspection (I) Shipping(H)
1.Roger Acuff 68 75 72 86 78
2.Melissa Ball 73 82 66 78 85
3.Angela Coe 92 101 90 79 74
4.Maureen Davis 87 98 75 90 92
5.Fred Evans 58 62 93 81 75
6.Bob Frank 93 79 94 92 96
7.Ellen Gantry 77 92 90 81 93
8.David Harper 79 66 90 85 86
9.Mary Inchavelia 91 102 95 90 88
10.Marilu Jones 72 75 67 93 93

Brenda wants to offer the vacant positions to the five most qualified ...

Solution Summary

The expert examines linear programming models for allocating work. The objective functions and all model constraints are given.

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