Solving your first model in Python¶
LocalSolver is implemented in C++ language. Nevertheless, object-oriented APIs are provided for Python, allowing a full integration of LocalSolver in your Python business applications. LocalSolver’s APIs are lightweight, with only a few classes to manipulate. Note that LocalSolver is a model-and-run math programming solver: having instantiated the model, no additional code has to be written in order to run the solver.
Once you have installed LocalSolver on your computer, the recommended way to link LocalSolver to your Python installation, is to type the following command in a command prompt or in the prompt of your Python environment (Anaconda for instance):
pip install localsolver -i https://pip.localsolver.com
Note that it only configures the integration of LocalSolver in Python. It is not a substitute for a proper installation of LocalSolver with a LocalSolver license. This command must be executed each time you install a new version of LocalSolver.
In this section, we show you how to model and solve your first problem in Python: the optimization of the shape of a bucket. With a limited surface of material (S=π), we try to build a bucket that holds the largest volume.
This small example is more precisely described in our example tour. Here our main goal is to learn how to write and launch a model.
Writing the model¶
Below is the Python program which models this non linear problem (see examples/optimal_bucket).
########## optimal_bucket.py ########## import localsolver import sys with localsolver.LocalSolver() as ls: PI = 3.14159265359 # # Declares the optimization model # m = ls.model # Numerical decisions R = m.float(0, 1) r = m.float(0, 1) h = m.float(0, 1) # Surface must not exceed the surface of the plain disc surface = PI*r**2 + PI*(R+r)*m.sqrt((R - r)**2 + h**2) m.constraint(surface <= PI) # Maximize the volume volume = PI*h/3*(R**2 + R*r + r**2) m.maximize(volume) m.close() # # Param # if len(sys.argv) >= 3: ls.param.time_limit = int(sys.argv) else: ls.param.time_limit = 2 ls.solve() # # Writes the solution in a file with the following format: # - surface and volume of the bucket # - values of R, r and h # if len(sys.argv) >= 2: with open(sys.argv, 'w') as f: f.write("%f %f\n" % (surface.value, volume.value)) f.write("%f %f %f\n" % (R.value, r.value, h.value))
After creating the LocalSolver environment LocalSolver(),
all the decision variables of the model, are declared with function
float() (or also
Intermediate expressions can be built upon these decision variables by using other
operators or functions. For example, in the model above: power (
square root (
sqrt), less than or equal to (
<=). Many other mathematical
operators are available, allowing you to model and solve highly-nonlinear
combinatorial optimization problems. The functions
are used for tagging expressions as constrained or maximized.
Running the Python program¶
A Python distribution must be installed on your computer. LocalSolver is compatible with Python 2.7 and Python >= 3.3.
On any system, if you applied the recommended
pip install procedure
described above, your Python program is direclty launched with:
Then, the following trace will appear in your console:
LocalSolver 9.5.20200409-Win64. All rights reserved. Load .\optimal_bucket.lsp... Run model... Run param... Run solver... Model: expressions = 26, decisions = 3, constraints = 1, objectives = 1 Param: time limit = 2 sec, no iteration limit [objective direction ]: maximize [ 0 sec, 0 itr]: 0 [ optimality gap ]: 100% [ 0 sec, 42898 itr]: 0.68709 [ optimality gap ]: < 0.01% 42898 iterations performed in 0 seconds Optimal solution: obj = 0.68709 gap = < 0.01% bounds = 0.687189
If no time limit is set, the search will continue until optimality is proven
Optimal solution message) or until you force the stop of the program by
Ctrl+C. The trace in console starts with the key
figures of the model: number of expressions, decisions, constraints
Once the search is finished, the total number of iterations and the elapsed time
are displayed, as well as the status and the value of the best solution
found. The solution status can be
If you have trouble compiling or launching the program, please have a look at the Installation & licensing instructions. We invite users willing to go further with APIs to consult the Python API Reference.
Running LocalSolver without pip¶
If you don’t have pip or if you don’t want to use pip, executing your program
will require setting the
PYTHONPATH environment variable beforehand,
and the lauching lines will depend on your system. If you are using a Python
development environment, its settings page allows configuring the
environment variable. Otherwise you can proceed as follows:
- In a Windows command prompt you will type
- set PYTHONPATH=%LS_HOME%\bin\python
- In a Windows PowerShell console you will type
- On linux of MacOS, the command is
- export PYTHONPATH=/opt/localsolver_10_5/bin/python