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Many types of applications invite the use of Excel’s Solver. In one sense, that is what this book is about—the problem types that Solver can handle and the use of Solver to obtain solutions. Thus, the book builds skill and confidence with spreadsheet applications because Solver is a spreadsheet tool. Actually, as mentioned earlier, Solver is a collection of procedures. Therefore, this book describes a variety of applications that can be addressed with spreadsheet capabilities.

In another sense, this book is about the problem types that Solver can handle, but the information on how to run Solver is incidental. The transcendent theme is the building of optimization models. If Solver wasn’t around to produce solutions, then some other software would perform the computational task. The more basic skill is creating the model in the first place and recognizing its potential role in decision support.


  

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