# Methodology and Results Report — Guidelines

### SA475A Spring 2014

#### Last updated:

• March 17, 2014 — Original version.

## Overview

Your goal: write a report that

• describes the methodology you developed and used to solve your capstone project problem, and
• describes and interprets the results you have obtained.

This will eventually form the bulk of the final capstone report you will submit at the end of the semester.

## What should this report contain?

The best way to present your methodology and results will depend on the exact nature of your project. Your report should address the following in some shape or form. See below for examples.

• Describe your problem mathematically. In particular:
• Define all the input parameters to your problem as symbols.
• Explain what constitutes a feasible solution to your problem: i.e. describe the constraints.
• Describe the objective of your problem.
• Describe your methodology for solving your problem. Some or all of the following may apply:
• Describe how you collected and computed data for the problem (i.e. how did you come up with the numbers associated with all the input parameters you defined above?).
• Give a mathematical programming formulation (e.g. linear program, integer linear program) of your problem. Be sure to describe the meaning of each component of your formulation in words.
• Give pseudocode for the algorithms you wrote to solve your problem. If you have a lot of subroutines, a flowchart may be helpful.
• Describe the computing environment and the software that you used.
• Discuss and interpret the results you obtained from carrying out your methodology. For this report, discussing and interpreting preliminary results is OK.
• According to your methodology, what is the solution to your problem? Don't just report raw numbers — what does the solution mean in the context of your problem?
• Carry out sensitivity analysis: how does your solution change when the input parameters change? Is your proposed solution robust or sensitive to these changes? What implications does this have in the context of your problem?

#### References and citation style

Use the same citation style as the one you used for your problem statement and literature review:

## Suggestions

• Examples: take a look at certain parts of this article to get an idea of what the language in your report should look like: in particular, look at Section 2 for an example of a mathematical problem description, Sections 3.1 and 3.2 for examples of presenting and explaining mathematical programming formulations, and Section 3.3 for examples of algorithms in pseudocode and presenting results.
• As usual, focus on making your report organized and well-written.