Logic in AMPL

  1. Relational Operators
  2. Logical Operators
  3. Logical Expressions
  4. Conditional Expressions
  5. Conditional Structures
  6. Binary Parameters

Relational Operators

Relational operators are used to compare two expressions. They are most commonly used in constraints, but not exclusively. The relational operators are:

Expression Meaning
< Less than
<= Less than or equal to
> Greater than
>= Greater than or equal to
== Equal to
<> Not equal to

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Logical Operators

Logical operators are used to combine logical expressions. They are most commonly used in conditional statements, conditional structures and conditional loops. The logical operators are not, and and or. They are used as shown in the table below:

Expression Result
not True if is false, false if is true
and True if and are both true, otherwise false
or True if either or are true, otherwise false

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Logical Expressions

Logical expressions are expressions that will evaluate to either true or false. Logical expressions are usually defined in terms of the relational operators:

Lower[r] <= sum {i in INGREDIENTS} Contributes[r, i] * Amount[i] 

sum {s in SURFBOARDS} Recipe[m, s] * Production[s] <= Supply[m]; 

However, there are some special logical expressions in AMPL for use with sets:

  1. in is true if is a member of ;
  2. not in is false if is a member of ;
  3. exists { in } is true if some in has being true;
  4. forall { in } is true if all in have being true;
  5. within is true if all the elements in are in ;
  6. not within is true if some element in is not in .

Logical expressions can be built up from other logical expressions, binary parameters and logical operators.

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Conditional Expressions

A conditional expression is very much like the IF function in Microsoft Excel:

param ifvalue := if  then                                     [else                    ]; 

If the logical expression is true then ifvalue will be set to , otherwise it is set to 0 (by default) or, if the else part of the expression is present, . Note that if the else keyword is present, then no ; needs to be included after .

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Conditional Structures

A conditional structure is the same as the classical if_-_then_-_else statement in programming languages like MATLAB, Fortran, Visual Basic and C++:

if  then   ; [else   ;] 

Note here that even if the else keyword is present you need to end with ;. If you want to include more than one statement within the conditional structures you can use { and } to enclose your statements:

if  then {    } [else {    }] 

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Binary Parameters

In AMPL we can create binary parameters by using the binary keyword in the parameter declaration:

param stillSearching binary; 

Binary parameters are used in a similar way to boolean variables (in Matlab, C, etc) and logical variables (Fortran). If a binary parameter has the value 0 this is equivalent to false, and 1 is equivalent to true. Binary parameters can be used with conditional expressions to hold a true/false result from a logical expression:

param isGreater binary;  let isGreater := if 4 > 5 then 1 else 0; # isGreater = 0 (false) let isGreater := if 6 > 5 then 1; # else 0 is the default, isGreater = 1 (true) 
so the syntax is
let  := if  then 1; 

You can also set binary parameters within conditional structures

binary ;  if  then   let  := 1; else   let  := 0; 

Binary parameters may be used in logical expressions or as the condition in a conditional statement or conditional structure. They are very useful for building complex conditional statements or structures:

Some example from depth first searching or column generation 
Coming soon! and controlling conditional loops:
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Coming soon!

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