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Careful with Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha is an interesting service. It is not a search engine per se. If you ask it “What is Operations Research” it draws a blank (*) (mimicking most of the world) and if you ask it “Who is Michael Trick” it returns information on two movies “Michael” and “Trick” (*). But if you give it […]

Michel Balinski IFORS Distinguished Lecture

The IFORS Distinguished Lecturer for the INFORMS meeting was Michel Balinski of Ecole Polytechnique and CNRS, Paris. Michel spoke on “One-Vote, One-Value: The Majority Judgement”, a topic close to my heart. In the talk, Michel began by discussing the pitfalls of standard voting (manipulation, “unfair” winners, and so on). He then spent most of his […]

Open Access at Springer

Despite some philosophical/moral issues, I do a fair amount of work with commercial publishers. I just was co-Program Chair for the CPAIOR conference, and was delighted to publish the conference volume in Springers Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (despite the fact that LNCS has been dropped from the ISI indexing). I am considering starting […]

Operations Research in the Air

My colleague Steve Spear has a posting on the “Against Monopoly” blog (not against the board game, but commentary on intellectual property issues) regarding a New Yorker article entitled “In the Air” by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell makes the point that many advances have been simultaneously made by multiple groups. From the discovery of dinosaur bones […]