GLPK/Knapsack Problem

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The knapsack problem is a classical packing problem from combinatorial optimization.

The knapsack problem can be defined as follows: given a set of items of size and profit , select a subset of those items which fit into capacity and which maximize the collective profit of the chosen items:

subject to

The knapsack problem belongs to the class of NP-hard problems [1].

A usual way to solve knapsack problems is through dynamic programming (DP). The example below shows how to formulate the knapsack problem as a mixed-integer program (MIP) implemented in GMPL (MathProg).

# offers the following definition:
# The knapsack problem or rucksack problem is a problem in combinatorial optimization:
# Given a set of items, each with a weight and a value, determine the number of each
# item to include in a collection so that the total weight is less than a given limit
# and the total value is as large as possible.
# This file shows how to model a knapsack problem in GMPL.

# Size of knapsack
param c;

# Items: index, size, profit
set I, dimen 3;

# Indices
set J := setof{(i,s,p) in I} i;

# Assignment
var a{J}, binary;

maximize obj :
  sum{(i,s,p) in I} p*a[i];

s.t. size :
  sum{(i,s,p) in I} s*a[i] <= c;


printf "The knapsack contains:\n";
printf {(i,s,p) in I: a[i] == 1} " %i", i;
printf "\n";


# Size of the knapsack
param c := 100;

# Items: index, size, profit
set I :=
  1 10 10
  2 10 10
  3 15 15
  4 20 20
  5 20 20
  6 24 24
  7 24 24
  8 50 50;


Now save and run this model using GLPSOL (1 second on an Intel Core i5 processor).

$ glpsol --math knapsack.mod

To yield:

The knapsack contains:
 2 4 5 8

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Kellerer, Hans; Pferschy, Ulrich; Pferschy, David (2004). Knapsack Problems. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-40286-1.