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A method for evaluating bids. The method in accordance with the present invention includes the steps of obtaining at least one bid from a supplier, wherein the bid comprises data indicating a quantity of a commodity to be supplied and a cost of supplying the commodity, generating at least one supply pattern from the bid, and computing a cost associated with the supply pattern, wherein the cost is computed as a sum of costs for each commodity as specified by the supply patterns.