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Are you familiar with the assignment problem in Operations Research (OR)? This problem deals with assigning tasks to workers in a way that minimizes the total cost or time needed to complete the tasks. But what if the number of tasks and workers is not equal? In this case, we face the Unbalanced Assignment Problem (UAP). This blog will help you understand what the UAP is, how to formulate it, and how to solve it.

What is the Unbalanced Assignment Problem?

The Unbalanced Assignment Problem is an extension of the Assignment Problem in OR, where the number of tasks and workers is not equal. In the UAP, some tasks may remain unassigned, while some workers may not be assigned any task. The objective is still to minimize the total cost or time required to complete the assigned tasks, but the UAP has additional constraints that make it more complex than the traditional assignment problem.

Formulation of the Unbalanced Assignment Problem

To formulate the UAP, we start with a matrix that represents the cost or time required to assign each task to each worker. If the matrix is square, we can use the Hungarian algorithm to solve the problem. But when the matrix is not square, we need to add dummy tasks or workers to balance the matrix. These dummy tasks or workers have zero costs and are used to make the matrix square.

Once we have a square matrix, we can apply the Hungarian algorithm to find the optimal assignment. However, we need to be careful in interpreting the results, as the assignment may include dummy tasks or workers that are not actually assigned to anything.

Solutions for the Unbalanced Assignment Problem

Besides the Hungarian algorithm, there are other methods to solve the UAP, such as the transportation algorithm and the auction algorithm. The transportation algorithm is based on transforming the UAP into a transportation problem, which can be solved with the transportation simplex method. The auction algorithm is an iterative method that simulates a bidding process between the tasks and workers to find the optimal assignment.

In summary, the Unbalanced Assignment Problem is a variant of the traditional Assignment Problem in OR that deals with assigning tasks to workers when the number of tasks and workers is not equal. To solve the UAP, we need to balance the matrix by adding dummy tasks or workers and then apply algorithms such as the Hungarian algorithm, the transportation algorithm, or the auction algorithm. Understanding the UAP can help businesses and organizations optimize their resource allocation and improve their operational efficiency.

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The aim of a supply chain team is to formulate a network layout that minimizes the total cost. In this research, the lowest production cost of the final product has been determined using a generalized plant location model. Furthermore, it is anticipated that units have been set up appropriately so that one unit of input from a source of supply results in one unit of output. The assignment problem is equivalent to distributing a job to the appropriate machine in order to meet customer demand. This study concentrates on reducing the cost of fulfilling the overall customer demand. Many studies have been conducted, and various algorithms have been proposed to achieve the best possible result. The purpose of this study is to present an appropriate model for exploring the solution to the assignment problem using the “Hungarian Method.” To find a feasible output of the assignment problem, this study conducted a detailed case study. The computational results indicate that the “Hungarian Method” provides an optimum solution for both balanced and unbalanced assignment problems. Moreover, decision-makers can use the study’s findings as a reference to mitigate production costs and adopt any sustainable market policy.

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Unbalanced Assignment Problem

In the previous section, the number of persons and the number of jobs were assumed to be the same. In this section, we remove this assumption and consider a situation where the number of persons is not equal to the number of jobs . In all such cases, fictitious rows and/or columns are added in the matrix to make it a square matrix.

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Since the number of persons is less than the number of jobs, we introduce a dummy person (D) with zero values. The revised assignment problem is given below:

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Now use the Hungarian method to obtain the optimal solution yourself. Ans. = 20 + 17 + 17 + 0 = 54.

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Unbalanced Assignment Problems

Whenever the cost matrix of an assignment problem is not a square matrix, that is, whenever the number of sources is not equal to the number of destinations, the assignment problem is called an unbalanced assignment problem. In such problems, dummy rows (or columns) are added in the matrix so as to complete it to form a square matrix. The dummy rows or columns will contain all costs elements as zeroes. The Hungarian method may be used to solve the problem.

Example :  A company has five machines that are used for four jobs. Each job can be assigned to one and only one machine. The cost of each job on each machine is given in the following Table.

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Assignment Problem

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Solution:  Convert the 4 × 5 matrix into a square matrix by adding a dummy row D5.

Dummy Row D5 Added

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Row-wise Reduction of the Matrix

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Column-wise reduction is not necessary since all columns contain a single zero. Now, draw minimum number of lines to cover all the zeros, as shown in Table.

All Zeros in the Matrix Covered

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Number of lines drawn ≠ Order of matrix. Hence not optimal.

Select the least uncovered element, i.e., 1, subtract it from other uncovered elements, add to the elements at intersection of lines and leave the elements that are covered with single line unchanged as shown in Table.

Subtracted or Added to Elements

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Again Added or Subtracted 1 from Elements

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Number of lines drawn = Order of matrix. Hence optimality is reached. Now assign the jobs to machines, as shown in Table.

Assigning Jobs to Machines

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Example :  In a plant layout, four different machines M1, M2, M3 and M4 are to be erected in a machine shop. There are five vacant areas A, B, C, D and E. Because of limited space, Machine M2 cannot be erected at area C and Machine M4 cannot be erected at area A. The cost of erection of machines is given in the Table.

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Find the optimal assignment plan.

Solution:  As the given matrix is not balanced, add a dummy row D5 with zero cost values. Assign a high cost H for (M2, C) and (M4, A). While selecting the lowest cost element neglect the high cost assigned H, as shown in Table below.

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– Row-wise reduction of the matrix is shown in Table.

Matrix Reduced Row-wise

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Note:  Column-wise reduction is not necessary, as each column has at least one single zero. Now, draw minimum number of lines to cover all the zeros, see Table.

Lines Drawn to Cover all Zeros

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Number of lines drawn ≠ Order of matrix. Hence not Optimal. Select the smallest uncovered element, in this case 1. Subtract 1 from all other uncovered element and add 1 with the elements at the intersection. The element covered by single line remains unchanged. These changes are shown in Table. Now try to draw minimum number of lines to cover all the zeros.

Added or Subtracted 1 from Elements

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Now number of lines drawn = Order of matrix, hence optimality is reached. Optimal assignment of machines to areas are shown in Table.

Optimal Assignment

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Hence, the optimal solution is:

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After reading this article you will learn about:- 1. Meaning of Assignment Problem 2. Definition of Assignment Problem 3. Mathematical Formulation 4. Hungarian Method 5. Variations.

Meaning of Assignment Problem:

An assignment problem is a particular case of transportation problem where the objective is to assign a number of resources to an equal number of activities so as to minimise total cost or maximize total profit of allocation.

The problem of assignment arises because available resources such as men, machines etc. have varying degrees of efficiency for performing different activities, therefore, cost, profit or loss of performing the different activities is different.

Thus, the problem is “How should the assignments be made so as to optimize the given objective”. Some of the problem where the assignment technique may be useful are assignment of workers to machines, salesman to different sales areas.

Definition of Assignment Problem:

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Suppose there are n jobs to be performed and n persons are available for doing these jobs. Assume that each person can do each job at a term, though with varying degree of efficiency, let c ij be the cost if the i-th person is assigned to the j-th job. The problem is to find an assignment (which job should be assigned to which person one on-one basis) So that the total cost of performing all jobs is minimum, problem of this kind are known as assignment problem.

The assignment problem can be stated in the form of n x n cost matrix C real members as given in the following table:

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Solving an Assignment Problem

This section presents an example that shows how to solve an assignment problem using both the MIP solver and the CP-SAT solver.

In the example there are five workers (numbered 0-4) and four tasks (numbered 0-3). Note that there is one more worker than in the example in the Overview .

The costs of assigning workers to tasks are shown in the following table.

The problem is to assign each worker to at most one task, with no two workers performing the same task, while minimizing the total cost. Since there are more workers than tasks, one worker will not be assigned a task.

MIP solution

The following sections describe how to solve the problem using the MPSolver wrapper .

Import the libraries

The following code imports the required libraries.

Create the data

The following code creates the data for the problem.

The costs array corresponds to the table of costs for assigning workers to tasks, shown above.

Declare the MIP solver

The following code declares the MIP solver.

Create the variables

The following code creates binary integer variables for the problem.

Create the constraints

Create the objective function.

The following code creates the objective function for the problem.

The value of the objective function is the total cost over all variables that are assigned the value 1 by the solver.

Invoke the solver

The following code invokes the solver.

Print the solution

The following code prints the solution to the problem.

Here is the output of the program.

Complete programs

Here are the complete programs for the MIP solution.

CP SAT solution

The following sections describe how to solve the problem using the CP-SAT solver.

Declare the model

The following code declares the CP-SAT model.

The following code sets up the data for the problem.

The following code creates the constraints for the problem.

Here are the complete programs for the CP-SAT solution.

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Solution of assignment problems (Hungarian Method)

First check whether the number of rows is equal to the numbers of columns, if it is so, the assignment problem is said to be balanced.

Step :1 Choose the least element in each row and subtract it from all the elements of that row.

Step :2 Choose the least element in each column and subtract it from all the elements of that column. Step 2 has to be performed from the table obtained in step 1.

Step:3 Check whether there is atleast one zero in each row and each column and make an assignment as follows.

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Step :4 If each row and each column contains exactly one assignment, then the solution is optimal.

Example 10.7

Solve the following assignment problem. Cell values represent cost of assigning job A, B, C and D to the machines I, II, III and IV.

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Here the number of rows and columns are equal.

∴ The given assignment problem is balanced. Now let us find the solution.

Step 1: Select a smallest element in each row and subtract this from all the elements in its row.

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Look for atleast one zero in each row and each column.Otherwise go to step 2.

Step 2: Select the smallest element in each column and subtract this from all the elements in its column.

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Since each row and column contains atleast one zero, assignments can be made.

Step 3 (Assignment):

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Thus all the four assignments have been made. The optimal assignment schedule and total cost is

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The optimal assignment (minimum) cost

Example 10.8

Consider the problem of assigning five jobs to five persons. The assignment costs are given as follows. Determine the optimum assignment schedule.

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∴ The given assignment problem is balanced.

Now let us find the solution.

The cost matrix of the given assignment problem is

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Column 3 contains no zero. Go to Step 2.

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Thus all the five assignments have been made. The Optimal assignment schedule and total cost is

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The optimal assignment (minimum) cost = ` 9

Example 10.9

Solve the following assignment problem.

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Since the number of columns is less than the number of rows, given assignment problem is unbalanced one. To balance it , introduce a dummy column with all the entries zero. The revised assignment problem is

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Here only 3 tasks can be assigned to 3 men.

Step 1: is not necessary, since each row contains zero entry. Go to Step 2.

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Step 3 (Assignment) :

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Since each row and each columncontains exactly one assignment,all the three men have been assigned a task. But task S is not assigned to any Man. The optimal assignment schedule and total cost is

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The optimal assignment (minimum) cost = ₹ 35

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Balanced and Unbalanced Transportation Problems

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The two categories of transportation problems are balanced and unbalanced transportation problems . As we all know, a transportation problem is a type of Linear Programming Problem (LPP) in which items are carried from a set of sources to a set of destinations based on the supply and demand of the sources and destinations, with the goal of minimizing the total transportation cost. It is also known as the Hitchcock problem.

Introduction to Balanced and Unbalanced Transportation Problems

Balanced transportation problem.

The problem is considered to be a balanced transportation problem when both supplies and demands are equal.

Unbalanced Transportation Problem

Unbalanced transportation problem is defined as a situation in which supply and demand are not equal. A dummy row or a dummy column is added to this type of problem, depending on the necessity, to make it a balanced problem. The problem can then be addressed in the same way as the balanced problem.

Methods of Solving Transportation Problems

There are three ways for determining the initial basic feasible solution. They are

1. NorthWest Corner Cell Method.

2. Vogel’s Approximation Method (VAM).

3. Least Call Cell Method.

The following is the basic framework of the balanced transportation problem:

Basic Structure of Balanced Transportation Problem

The destinations D1, D2, D3, and D4 in the above table are where the products/goods will be transported from various sources O1, O2, O3, and O4. The supply from the source Oi is represented by S i . The demand for the destination Dj is d j . If a product is delivered from source Si to destination Dj, then the cost is called C ij .

Let us now explore the process of solving the balanced transportation problem using one of the ways known as the NorthWest Corner Method in this article.

Solving Balanced Transportation problem by Northwest Corner Method

Consider this scenario:

Balanced Transportation Problem -1

With three sources (O1, O2, and O3) and four destinations (D1, D2, D3, and D4), what is the best way to solve this problem? The supply for the sources O1, O2, and O3 are 300, 400, and 500, respectively. Demands for the destination D1, D2, D3, and D4 are 250, 350, 400, and 200, respectively.

The starting point for the North West Corner technique is (O1, D1), which is the table’s northwest corner. The cost of transportation is calculated for each value in the cell. As indicated in the diagram, compare the demand for column D1 with the supply from source O1 and assign a minimum of two to the cell (O1, D1).

Column D1’s demand has been met, hence the entire column will be canceled. The supply from the source O1 is still 300 – 250 = 50.

Balanced Transportation Problem - 2

Analyze the northwest corner, i.e. (O1, D2), of the remaining table, excluding column D1, and assign the lowest among the supply for the appropriate column and rows. Because the supply from O1 is 50 and the demand for D2 is 350, allocate 50 to the cell (O1, D2).

Now, row O1 is canceled because the supply from row O1 has been completed. Hence, the demand for Column D2 has become 350 – 50 = 50.

Balanced Transportation Problem - 3

The northwest corner cell in the remaining table is (O2, D2). The shortest supply from source O2 (400) and the demand for column D2 (300) is 300, thus putting 300 in the cell (O2, D2). Because the demand for column D2 has been met, the column can be deleted, and the remaining supply from source O2 is 400 – 300 = 100.

Balanced Transportation Problem - 4

Again, find the northwest corner of the table, i.e. (O2, D3), and compare the O2 supply (i.e. 100) to the D2 demand (i.e. 400) and assign the smaller (i.e. 100) to the cell (O2, D2). Row O2 has been canceled because the supply from O2 has been completed. Column D3 has a leftover demand of 400 – 100 = 300.

Balanced Transportation Problem -5

Continuing in the same manner, the final cell values will be:

Balanced Transportation Problem - 6

It should be observed that the demand for the relevant columns and rows is equal in the last remaining cell, which was cell (O3, D4). In this situation, the supply from O3 was 200, and the demand for D4 was 200, therefore this cell was assigned to it. Nothing was left for any row or column at the end.

To achieve the basic solution, multiply the allotted value by the respective cell value (i.e. the cost) and add them all together.

I.e., (250 × 3) + (50 × 1) + (300 × 6) + (100 × 5) + (300 × 3) + (200 × 2) = 4400.

Solving Unbalanced Transportation Problem

An unbalanced transportation problem is provided below. Because the sum of all the supplies, O1, O2, O3, and O4, does not equal the sum of all the demands, D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5, the situation is unbalanced.

Unbalanced Transportation Problem - 1

The idea of a dummy row or dummy column will be applied in this type of scenario. Because the supply is more than the demand in this situation, a fake demand column will be inserted, with a demand of (total supply – total demand), i.e. 117 – 95 = 22, as seen in the image below. A fake supply row would have been introduced if demand was greater than supply.

Unbalanced Transportation Problem - 2

Now this problem has been changed to a balanced transportation problem, and it can be addressed using any of the ways listed below to solve a balanced transportation problem, such as the northwest corner method mentioned earlier.

Frequently Asked Questions on Balanced and Unbalanced Transportation Problems

What is meant by balanced and unbalanced transportation problems.

The problem is referred to as a balanced transportation problem when both supplies and demands are equal. Unbalanced transportation is defined as a situation where supply and demand are not equal.

What is called a transportation problem?

The transportation problem is a type of Linear Programming Problem in which commodities are carried from a set of sources to a set of destinations while taking into account the supply and demand of the sources and destinations, respectively, in order to reduce the total cost of transportation.

What are the different methods to solve transportation problems?

The following are three approaches to solve the transportation issue:

  • NorthWest Corner Cell Method.
  • Least Call Cell Method.
  • Vogel’s Approximation Method (VAM).

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