## setting up a constraint

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# setting up a constraint

Hello!

The problem is to assign a number of persons to 5 tasks while maximizing an objective using OPTMODEL. 10% or less of the persons can be assigned 2 tasks while the rest only 1. If the constraint of "no more than 2" can be set up this way,

con no_more_2 {i in persons}: sum {j in tasks} assign[i,j] <= 2;

how should I specify the constraint of "only <= 10% can be assigned 2 tasks?" I tried the following

con percent: sum {i in persons} (if sum {j in tasks}assign[i,j] > 0 then 1 else 0) <= 10%*total ;

It did not work and gave this message:

ERROR: The specified optimization technique does not allow nonlinear constraints.

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## Re: setting up a constraint

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You can do it by introducing binary variables as follows:

``````   var IsTwo {persons} binary;
con no_more_2 {i in persons}: sum {j in tasks} assign[i,j] <= 1 + IsTwo[i];
con percent: sum {i in persons} IsTwo[i] <= 0.1*total ;
``````
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## Re: setting up a constraint

Hi Mr. Pratt,

Thanks so much for the help! I replaced

``con no_more_2 {i in persons}: sum {j in tasks} assign[i,j] <= 1 + IsTwo[i,j];``
``con percent: sum {i in persons} IsTwo[i] <= 10%*total ;``
`` ``

with

``con no_more_2 {i in persons}: sum {j in tasks} assign[i,j] <= 1 + IsTwo[i];``
``con percent {j in tasks}: sum {i in persons} IsTwo[i] <= 10%*total ;``
`` ``

It seems to have worked. Hope it is correct. An extended question. If I need to replace "total" with the total of persons who are assigned a task, guess it could be specified like this

``con percent: sum {i in persons} IsTwo[i] <= 10%*sum {i in persons} assign[i,j] ;``

But this dynamic way of defining the constraint does not wok. What am I missing? Thank you!

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## Re: setting up a constraint

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Thanks for the correction of IsTwo[i,j] to IsTwo[i].  I edited my reply.

For the percent constraint, there is no reason to have a separate constraint for each j.  If you use the EXPAND statement, you will see that the same constraint appears several times, once for each j.

Your revised constraint declaration has two errors:

1. Use 0.1 instead of 10%.

2. The j index is unknown.

Here's one way to model what you want:

``````   con percent:
sum {i in persons} IsTwo[i] <= 0.1*sum {i in persons} (sum {j in tasks} assign[i,j] - IsTwo[i]);
``````

The idea is that the expression in parentheses is 1 if person i is assigned to at least once task.

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## Re: setting up a constraint

That is brilliant! Thank you!

Should I change IsTwo[i,j] to IsTwo[i]?
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## Re: setting up a constraint

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## Re: setting up a constraint

Hi Mr. Pratt,
Sorry for the bother again. I don't think this solution works as planned. For example, if I put 2 instead of 0.1, I obtain about the same number of persons assigned 2 tasks as those 1 task. Can you please take another look at this?
Thank you!
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## Re: setting up a constraint

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## Re: setting up a constraint

Here you go. The solution has about 24% of the persons assigned two tasks and 76% one. Is it a matter of precision? Thank you so much!

proc optmodel forcepresolve=1 presolver=3 fd=central misscheck;

performance details;
profile on percent=0.05;

set persons;
number id{persons}, x{persons}, cond1{persons}, cond2{persons};

persons=[id] x cond1 cond2 ;

number sumX=sum{i in persons} x[i];

number target=0.1*sumX; /*targeting pool size information????*/

var assign {persons, 1..5} binary;
var isTwo {persons} binary;

min objabs = sum {j in tasks} (surplus[j] + slack[j]);
con obj_alt {j in tasks}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* x[i] - surplus[j] + slack[j] = target;

con taskId {j in 1..5}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j] = 100;

con no_more_2 {i in persons}: sum {j in 1..5} assign[i,j] <= 1 + isTwo[i];

con percent_1: sum {i in persons} isTwo[i] <= 0.22*sum {i in persons} (sum {j in 1..5} assign[i,j] - isTwo[i]);
con percent_1: sum {i in persons} isTwo[i] >= 0.18*sum {i in persons} (sum {j in 1..5} assign[i,j] - isTwo[i]);

con con_d1 {j in 1..5}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* cond1[i] >= .10*100;
con con_d2 {j in 1..5}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* cond1[i] <= .15*100;
con con_d3 {j in 1..5}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* cond2[i] >= .10*100;

expand;
solve with milp obj objabs / absobjgap=0.001 primalin ;

create data output from [persons task] = {{i in persons}, {j in 1..5}} in=assign;

quit;

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## Re: setting up a constraint

I see that you have declared the percent_1 constraint twice, so that should have generated an error.

Can you please also attach the test data set?

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## Re: setting up a constraint

Fixed and now the percentage of persons assigned two task is about 17 to 18. Are the two percent constraints set up correctly? Data file attached. Many thanks!

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## Re: setting up a constraint

The formulation I suggested enforces only the implication "if person i is assigned two tasks then IsTwo[i] = 1," which is fine if you have only the percent_1 constraint.  But the percent_2 constraint also requires the converse implication "if IsTwo[i] = 1 then person i is assigned two tasks."  Otherwise, the solver can "cheat" by setting IsTwo[i] = 1 to help satisfy percent_2 even if person i is assigned fewer than 2 tasks.  The code below implements a more robust formulation that enforces both implications.  Notice that I used tasks instead of 1..5 throughout, and I also combined d1 and d2 into a range constraint.

``````proc optmodel;
set persons;
number id{persons}, x{persons}, cond1{persons}, cond2{persons};

persons=[id] x cond1 cond2;

number sumX=sum{i in persons} x[i];

number target=0.1*sumX;

min objabs = sum {j in tasks} (surplus[j] + slack[j]);
con obj_alt {j in tasks}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* x[i] - surplus[j] + slack[j] = target;

con taskId {j in tasks}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j] = 100;

set counts = 0..2;
var isCount {persons, counts} binary;
con onecount {i in persons}: sum {c in counts} isCount[i,c] = 1;
con isCountDef {i in persons}: sum {j in tasks} assign[i,j] = sum {c in counts} c*isCount[i,c];

con percent_1: sum {i in persons} isCount[i,2] <= 0.22*sum {i in persons} (1 - isCount[i,0]);
con percent_2: sum {i in persons} isCount[i,2] >= 0.18*sum {i in persons} (1 - isCount[i,0]);

con con_d1_d2 {j in tasks}: .10*100 <= sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* cond1[i] <= .15*100;
con con_d3 {j in tasks}: sum {i in persons} assign[i,j]* cond2[i] >= .10*100;

solve;
put ((sum {i in persons} isCount[i,2]) / (sum {i in persons} (1 - isCount[i,0])));
put (card({i in persons: numTasks[i] = 2}) / card({i in persons: numTasks[i] > 0}));

create data output from [persons task] in=assign;
quit;``````
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## Re: setting up a constraint

Thank you so much for the detailed reply! My apologies for being able to come back to this so late. As a novice, I do not quite follow your code, especially the part after "solve". What is more, at my end, the code would run forever before showing the "out of memory" message. Is there a setting I need to change to make it work? Thank you!
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## Re: setting up a constraint

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Here are a few suggestions:

1. Increase the MEMSIZE value, as discussed here.
2. Use the MAXTIME= option to limit the time.
3. Interrupt the solver when the log shows slow progress.
4. Use the decomposition algorithm.  The following code changes yielded a very good solution quickly for me:
``````   for {i in persons} do;
onecount[i].block = i;
isCountDef[i].block = i;
end;
solve with milp / decomp;
``````

The PUT and NUM statements after the SOLVE in the previous code display the ratio of people assigned two tasks to people assigned at least one task.  The two PUT statements should show the same value in the log, and that value should be between 0.18 and 0.22, as enforced by the optimization model.

The CREATE DATA statement saves the values of the assign variable in the resulting solution to a SAS data set.

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## Re: setting up a constraint

Thanks for the cool solution! But it has been running for an hour on my computer. I have increased MEMSIZE (Intel i5 and 16G RAM). What else do I need to do? Thanks!
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