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Introduction
Using the Premium Solver Platform
Frontline’s Solver Products for Microsoft Excel
The Standard Excel Solver
The Premium Solver
The Premium Solver Platform
Field-Installable Solver Engines
A Brief Tour of New Features
Model Analysis: The Parser and Interpreter
The Evolutionary Solver
Multistart Methods for Global Optimization
The Interval Global Solver
The Alldifferent Constraint
New Types of Reports
User Interface Improvements
Speed Improvements
Programmability Improvements
How to Use This Guide
Using Online Help and the World Wide Web
Solver-Related Seminars and Books
Academic References for the Excel Solver
Installation
What You Need
Installing and Licensing the Software
Product Licensing and Network Installation
Upgrading to Version 5.5
Installing the Software
Installing Solver Engines
Setting Up the Add-In Functions
Uninstalling the Software
Solver Models and Optimization
Elements of Solver Models
Decision Variables and Parameters
The Objective Function
Constraints
Solutions: Feasible, “Good” and Optimal
More About Constraints
Functions of the Variables
Linear Functions
Quadratic Functions
Nonlinear and Smooth Functions
Discontinuous and Non-Smooth Functions
Derivatives, Gradients, Jacobians, and Hessians
Optimization Problems and Solution Methods
Linear Programming
Quadratic Programming
Nonlinear Optimization
Global Optimization
Non-Smooth Optimization
Integer Programming
The Branch & Bound Method
Cut Generation
Building Solver Models
From Algebra to Spreadsheets
Setting Up a Model
A Sample Linear Programming Model
Constraint Left and Right Hand Sides
More Readable Models
Layout and Formatting
Using Defined Names
Analyzing and Solving Models
Using the Solver Model Dialog
Analyzing Model Statistics
Using the Formulas and Dependents Buttons
Analyzing Model Exceptions
Reporting Dependent Problems
Reporting Scaling Problems
Selecting the Best Solver Engine
Model Analysis When Solving
Using the On Solve Options
On Solve Options and the Evolutionary Solver
Using Analyzer Advanced Options
More on the Parser and Interpreter
The Microsoft Excel Recalculator
The Parser and Interpreter
Building Large-Scale Models
Designing Large Solver Models
Spreadsheet Modeling Hints
Optimization Modeling Hints
Using Multiple Worksheets and Data Sources
Quick Steps Towards Better Performance
Improving the Formulation of Your Model
Techniques Using Linear and Quadratic Functions
Techniques Using Linear Functions and Binary Integer Variables
Using Piecewise-Linear Functions
Organizing Your Model for Fast Solution
Fast Problem Setup
Using Array Formulas
Using the Add-in Functions
Diagnosing Solver Results
If You Aren’t Getting the Solution You Expect
During the Solution Process
Choosing to Continue, Stop or Restart
When the Solver Finishes
Standard Solver Result Messages
Interval Global Solver Result Messages
Problems with Poorly Scaled Models
Dealing with Poor Scaling
Historical Note on Scaling and Linearity Tests
The Tolerance Option and Integer Constraints
Limitations on Smooth Nonlinear Optimization
GRG Solver Stopping Conditions
GRG Solver with Multistart Methods
GRG Solver and Integer Constraints
Limitations on Global Optimization
Rounding and Possible Loss of Solutions
Interval Global Solver Stopping Conditions
Interval Global Solver and Integer Constraints
Limitations on Non-Smooth Optimization
Effect on the GRG and Simplex Solvers
Evolutionary Solver Stopping Conditions
Solver Options
The Standard Microsoft Excel Solver
Common Solver Options
Max Time and Iterations
Precision
Tolerance and Convergence
Assume Linear Model
Assume Non-Negative
Use Automatic Scaling
Show Iteration Results
Bypass Solver Reports
LP/Quadratic Solver Options
Pivot Tolerance
Reduced Cost Tolerance
Derivatives for the Quadratic Solver
GRG Solver Options
Convergence
Recognize Linear Variables
Derivatives and Other Nonlinear Options
Multistart Search Options
Multistart Search
Topographic Search
Require Bounds on Variables
Population Size
Random Seed
Interval Global Solver Options
Accuracy
Resolution
Max Time w/o Improvement
Absolute vs. Relative Stop
Assume Stationary
Method Options Group
Evolutionary Solver Options
Mutation Rate
Local Search
The Limit Options Dialog Tab
Max Subproblems
Max Feasible Solutions
Tolerance
Max Time without Improvement
Solve Without Integer Constraints
The Integer Options Dialog Tab
Max Integer Solutions
Integer Tolerance
Integer Cutoff
Use Dual Simplex for Subproblems
Preprocessing and Probing
Merging Solver Models
Solver Reports
Selecting the Reports
An Example Model
The Answer Report
The Sensitivity Report
Interpreting Dual Values
Interpreting Range Information
The Limits Report
The Solutions Report
The Population Report
The Linearity Report
The Feasibility Report
Programming the Solver
Controlling the Solver’s Operation
Running Predefined Solver Models
Using the Macro Recorder
Using Microsoft Excel Help
Referencing Functions in Visual Basic
Checking Function Return Values
Standard, Model and Premium Macro Functions
Standard VBA Functions
SolverAdd (Form 1)
SolverAdd (Form 2)
SolverChange (Form 1)
SolverChange (Form 2)
SolverDelete (Form 1)
SolverDelete (Form 2)
SolverFinish
SolverFinishDialog
SolverGet
SolverLoad
SolverOk
SolverSolve
Solver Model VBA Functions
SolverModel
SolverModelGet
SolverDependents
SolverFormulas
Premium VBA Functions
SolverEVGet
SolverEVOptions
SolverIGOptions
SolverIntGet
SolverIntOptions
SolverLimGet
SolverLimOptions
SolverLPGet
SolverLPOptions
SolverOkGet
SolverSizeGet
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