Nondegenerate Simplex Method Rule
Original Publication Date: 1978-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20
In  Robert Bland has given a simple rule for pivoting in the simplex method which makes cycling due to degeneracy impossible. ( actually discusses two rules, we speak here only of his "Rule I".) It is easily stated: let all the variables of the problem be ordered with distinct priorities. The pivot column for a simplex-method pivot is chosen as that corresponding to the nonbasic variable having highest priority among all those with negative reduced costs, and among all candidates for choice of pivot row (which must be chosen so as to maintain feasibility), that row corresponding to the basic variable of highest priority is chosen. This rule also has a simple proof of its effectiveness.