I have 100 objects ("candies") that I need to distribute between five people so that each has an equal number of candies (in this case, 20 candies per person).

However, each person has also expressed their preferences of candy to me in a chart, similar to below. Top-favored candies receive 10 points, least-favored candies receive -10 points, and neutral-favored candies receive 0.5 points.

I need to sort the items out so that:

- Each person receives the same number of candies
- Each person's total "satisfaction" (points) is maximized
- My output is a list of each person's assigned items

I'm familiar with Excel's in-house Monte Carlo simulation tools (Solver, F9 diceroll, etc) and would like to stick to those tools. While I know how to set up the chart, and how to use the column summation to input into Solver, I don't know how to get it to give me the desired output. Furthermore, how do I adjust the solver so it takes into account *individual* preferences rather than empirical ones?

To wit: **how do I begin setting up this model?**

notmy homework; it's for a project I'm working on, which is proprietary information, hence the stand-in of "candies" as the object being sorted. – Aarthi Aug 28 '12 at 21:42`SUM`

cell must be a specific value (or less) – Sean Cheshire Aug 29 '12 at 16:12