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MB0048-Operations Research

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Master of Business Administration - MBA Semester 2


MB0048-Operations Research-4 Credits
(Book ID: B1631)
Assignment (60 Marks)
Note: Answer all questions within 300 to 400 words each. Each Question
carries 10 marks 6 X 10=60
Q1. Describe the framework of Operations Research.
List the seven stages of Operations Research
Briefly explain seven stages of Operations Research
Answer. a) The basic dominant characteristic feature of operations research is that it
employs mathematical representations or models to analyze problems. This distinct
approach represents an adaptation of the scientific methodology used by the physical
sciences. The scientific method translates a real given problem into a mathematical
representation which is solved and retransformed into the original
Q2. a. Explain the graphical method of solving Linear Programming
Problem.
b. A paper mill produces two grades of paper viz., X and Y. Because of raw
material restrictions, it cannot produce more than 400 tons of grade X
paper and 300 tons of grade Y paper in a week. There are 160 production
hours in a week. It requires 0.20 and 0.40 hours to produce a ton of grade X
and Y papers. The mill earns a profit of Rs. 200 and Rs. 500 per ton of grade

X and Y paper respectively. Formulate this as a Linear Programming


Problem.
Explain the concept of linear programming
Describe the graphical method of solving Linear Programming Problem
Frame/formulate the LPP (Objective function & Constraints)
Answer. a) Linear programming (LP or linear optimization) is a mathematical
method for determining a way to achieve the best outcome (such as maximum profit or
lowest cost) in a given mathematical model for some list of requirements represented as
linear relationships. The procedure for
Q3. a. Explain some of the important terms of the transportation problem.
b. Explain the procedure of MODI method of finding solution through
optimality test.
List and briefly explain some of the important terms of the transportation problem
Describe the procedure of MODI method.
Answer. a) Degeneracy in transportation problem
If the basic feasible solution of a transportation problem with m origins and n
destinations has fewer than m + n 1 positive (occupied cells), the problem is said to be
a degenerate transportation problem.
Q4. a. Explain the steps involved in Hungarian method of solving
Assignment problems.
b. Find an optimal solution to an assignment problem with the following
cost matrix:
J1
J2
J3
J4
M1

10

M2

M3

M4

List the steps in Hungarian method


Solve/ Compute the solution to the problem
Answer. a). Hungarian method algorithm is based on the concept of opportunity
cost and is more efficient in solving assignment problems. Adopt the following steps
mentioned below to solve an AP using the Hungarian method algorithm:
Q5. a. Explain Monte Carlo Simulation.
b. Hindustan Bakery is popular for its delicious fruit cakes. The table below
shows the daily demand for the bakerys cakes.

Daily
Demand
Probability

15

25

35

45

50

0.01

0.15

0.2

0.5

0.12

0.02

Simulate the demand for cakes for 10 days using the following sequence of
random numbers:
22, 26, 48, 53, 93, 89, 42, 91, 25, 20
If 35 cakes are baked every day in Hindustan Bakery, determine the
inventory stock. In addition, estimate the daily average demand for cakes
on the basis of simulated data.
Explain what is Monte Carlo Simulation and list the steps of of Monte Carlo Simulation
Solve/ Compute the solution to the problem
Answer. a). Monte Carlo simulation is a computerized mathematical technique
that allows people to account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making. The
technique is used by professionals in such widely disparate fields as finance, project
management, energy, manufacturing, engineering, research and development,
insurance, oil & gas, transportation, and the environment.
Q6. a. State the assumptions of game theory.
b. What are the characteristics of Markov chain?
c. What are the rules for prioritizing jobs?
Answer. a. In game theory one usually makes the following assumptions:
(1) Each decision maker ["PLAYER"] has available to him two or more wellspecified choices or sequences of choices (called "PLAYS").
(2) Every possible combination of plays available to the players leads to a welldefined end-state (win, loss, or draw) that terminates the game.

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