Join Curt Frye for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the problem, part of Solving Optimization and Scheduling Problems in Excel.
- One of the classic optimization problems…is a staffing problem,…usually expressed as rotations of nurses…in a hospital's emergency department.…The idea is that you know how many nurses you need on duty…during a specific time period,…perhaps midnight to 2am…but you must obey certain constraints…when you make your schedule.…Our overall goal is to find the lowest personnel level…needed to staff your business.…Based on the classic nurses scenario,…we have to make a couple of other assumptions.…
The first is that the hospital is open 24 hours a day…and in this very simple example,…we assume that shifts are 8 hours…and that no one takes any breaks.…Now, of course, this isn't realistic,…many nurses work 12-hour shifts…or longer if they are needed to stay on…to cope with higher volumes…and at least in theory,…they can occasionally take breaks.…There are some further assumptions…and they are that new shifts…and staffing periods start every two hours,…and that is a simplifying assumption…I'm making for this example.…
You must, of course, make all of your staffing targets,…
- Finding target values using Goal Seek
- Organizing worksheets
- Finding a solution using Solver
- Solving linear and nonlinear mixture problems
- Solving transportation problems
- Solving resource scheduling or sports scheduling problems
- Analyzing Solver results
Skill Level Intermediate
Excel 2013: Managing and Analyzing Datawith Dennis Taylor2h 2m Intermediate
Excel 2013: Data Validation in Depthwith Dennis Taylor1h 5m Intermediate
Cleaning Up Your Excel 2013 Datawith Dennis Taylor1h 59m Appropriate for all
1. Working with Solver
2. Solving a Linear Mixture Problem
3. Solving a Nonlinear Mixture Problem
4. Solving a Transportation Problem
5. Solving a Resource Scheduling Optimization Problem
6. Solving a Sports Scheduling Problem
7. Analyzing Your Solver Results
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