In the previous article we covered the case of running LP and IP optimisations in Java. When developing a web-based platform, we can very well issue an AJAX call and do the heavy-weight calculations on the server side, but it would be much nicer if we could do it client side too. This article covers the available tools for this, and we’ll also revisit our last example and run it with JS.
The LP problem
Let’s recall our LP problem from last time! We have 4 funds to choose from and $10M to spend:
How much should we invest in each fund to maximize our profit?
Formalizing the LP problem
The first step of the formalization is the same as last time:
With the objective function:
Unfortunately Numeric JS has much less friendly API than ojAlgo, so we need some more refactoring. We need the inputs as:
And the objective function as:
Let’s start with the objective function. In order to convert a maximisation to a minimisation, we simply multiply it by -1. This gives:
Next. we prepare the constraints. Converting a greater or equals inequality to a less than or equals one, is again simply a multiplication by -1. This gives us the following inequalities:
From here, the matrix and vector is easily deduced:
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Solving with Numeric JS
First, we need the dependency. Ideally we would host the lib ourselves, but luckily there is a CDN that hosts it. First, we include it:
Then, in a suitable .js file, we construct the parameters. It requires the objective vector, then the constraint matrix, and last the constraint vector:
Then, we call the solver, also passing a rounding parameter, as the numbers’ internal representation can not contain the exact value for fractions.
The solution is an Array, containing: [0.833333333333, 1, 0, 1], and it matches what we got from Java.