I think it will be best to explain the problem first and then explain what I am thinking:
I have a dataset similar to the following:
fruit,calories,cost apple,100,1 apple,200,1.5 apple,150,2 pear,300,3 pear,100,.5 pear,250,2 orange,100,1 orange,120,1 orange,400,2
And I am trying to maximize my calories while keeping my cost within a certain range. At this point it is just a knapsack problem, but what if I have to have 1 apple, 1 pear, and 2 oranges, or some other arbitrary set of fruit numbers?
I can't really wrap my head around how this should work, given the extra constraint. I've thought about trying to merge my cost and calories into 1 metric somehow, but I am pretty sure that can't work since it loses.
My most recent thought is potentially keeping track of fruit count in a list, and if the proper amount of fruit has been reached it will skip to the next fruit. I am thinking about this in a similar way to a knapsack with 3 constraints, weight, value, and size, but the size is just fruit count essentially.
Hoping someone on here can tell me if I am heading in the right direction or if there is an algorithm that does this that I can look into.