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Paper IPM / M / 8558  


Abstract:  
Linear programming problems with trapezoidal fuzzy variables (FVLP) have recently attracted some interest. Some methods have been de�veloped for solving these problems by introducing and solving certain auxiliary problems. Here, we apply a linear ranking function to order trapezoidal fuzzy numbers. Then, we establish the dual problem of the linear programming problem with trapezoidal fuzzy variables and hence deduce some duality re�sults. In particular, we prove that the auxiliary problem is indeed the dual of the FVLP problem. Having established the dual problem, the results will then follow as natural extensions of duality results for linear programming problems with crisp data. Finally, using the results, we develop a new dual algorithm for solving the FVLP problem directly, making use of the primal simplex tableau. This algorithm will be useful for sensitivity (or post optimality) analysis when using primal simplex tableaus.
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