These techniques are general purpose in that they take as input an LP and determine a solution without reference to any information concerning the origin of the LP or any special structure of the LP.
They are fast and reliable over a substantial range of problem sizes and applications.
Simplex methods visit basic solutions computed by fixing enough of the variables at their bounds to reduced the constraints \(Ax = b\) to a square system, which can be solved for unique values of the remaining variables.
Basic solutions represent extreme boundary points of the feasible region defined by \(Ax = b\), \(x = 0\), and the simplex method can be viewed as moving from one such point to another along the edges of the boundary. Barrier or interior-point methods by contrast visit points within the interior of the feasible region.
An LP has no optimal solutions if it has no feasible solutions or if the constraints are such that the objective function is unbounded.
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