A Nonlinear Programming Approach to Stand Optimization
Abstract:The stand management decision problem is formulated as a constrained nonlinear program. Constraints inherent to the production system are part of the production function and can be incorporated into the objective function. If there are no constraints from external sources the problem is an unconstrained nonlinear program. Three nonlinear programming (NP) techniques and discrete dynamic programming (DP) are compared for their relative efficiency in solving an example problem. The three NP techniques are the simplex method of Nelder and Mead, Hook and Jeeves' method, and Powell's method. Hook and Jeeves' and Powell's method are computationally more efficient techniques. Discrete DP optima did not compare favorably with NP optima. Forest Sci. 32:735-748.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Box 8002, Raleigh, NC 27689
Publication date: 1986-09-01
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