in reply to Geometric Optimisation and Perl

How strong is your calculus? That's what you're going to need to use to optimize cuttings. How much does the problem change from instance to instance? If there is a significant change from problem to problem, you may want to invest in Wolfram's Mathematica, or a similar program, to allow you to do math. (You could use Inline::C to link to their libraries from Perl, or just use straight C. And, FAIK, they've added Perl / Java / whatever bindings.

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