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Must linear programming be used under conditions of certainty?

The production manager of a large Cincinnati manufacturing firm once made the statement, "I would like to use LP, but it's a technique that operates under conditions of certainty. My plant doesn't have that certainty; it's a world of uncertainty. So LP can't be used here." Do you think this statement has any merit? Why or why not? Explain why the manager may have said it and then further substantiate his argument or compose a rebuttal.

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The production manager's statement does not have merit. The manager made the statement under the premise that LP assumes certainty. The plant manager should understand that nothing is ever certain, even though LP assumes a high degree of certainty.

The rebuttal to the plant manager should be that the decision to use LP needs to be based on ...

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This solution discusses the usefulness of LP even under a degree of uncertainty in 241 words.