Or:
Select an Exercise from Linear Programming: Foundations and Extensions:

Number format:
Zero Visibility:

Instructions

Here is a java applet that can be used to solve linear programming problems.

Edit the two text fields to specify the number of rows and columns you want.

You can enter data elements into each text field to define a specfic problem.
Alternatively, you can click on generate random problem to quickly get
a random problem to play with.

To make a pivot, simply click on the variable-button that you want to pivot
around. If you click on a button associated with a zero pivot element, the
applet will complain.

Primal infeasible right-hand side coefficients are highlighted in fuscia
(after the first pivot) as are dual infeasible cost coefficients.
When all the fuscia cells are gone, you have an optimal dictionary.

This applet features an artificial objective row and/or an artificial right-hand
side column (depending on the method selected), which can be used to guide pivot choices for either a primal or a
dual phase one process. When generating a random problem, the coefficients
in the artificial row are set to -1. Hence, this row represents a dual
feasible objective function. Similarly, the artificial column is initialized
to +1 and therefore represents a primal feasible objective. When pivoting, any
infeasibilities that occur in these artificial row/columns are highlighted in
yellow.

The Number format tab allows you to choose how you would like numbers
to be displayed.
There are three choices: (1) as fractions, (2) as floating point numbers, or (3) as
integers. The third choice is accomplished by multiplying all the equations by
the largest common denominator.

Click here for further hints on how to use the applet.

Click here for a simpler version of the
pivot tool that is designed for use when either the primal or the dual initial
dictionary is feasible.

Finally, click here
for the Java Applet version of this tool.

Acknowledgements: I'd like to thank former and current students, especially Hande Benson
and Alex Yablonski, for their helpful suggestions and comments.