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On Copying a Compact Disk to Cassette Tape: An Integer-Programming Approach

by Saul I. Gass (University of Maryland)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
April, 1996

Subject classification(s): Discrete Mathematics | Linear Programming
Applicable Course(s): 2.5 Intro Math Modeling

How do you partition \(n\) items of varying length into two sets so that the sum of the lengths in each set are as close as possible to being equal?

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