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OR in Numb3rs

Numb3rs tonight had a plotline involving causing blackouts by selectively destroying substations. At one point, the head nerd looks at a pad of paper and says “These are Dantzig-Wolfe Decompositions; network interdiction strategies. That’s pretty high-end stuff.” A closeup of the pad reveals notes that look a lot like the things lots of us in OR do (albeit I use Dantzig-Wolfe for things like sports schedules). The episode is entitled “Blackout” and the scene occurs about half-way through (1:25 into part 3 of the innertube version). Thanks Gary Lorden for the shout-out to OR! And thanks Brian Borchers for emailing me about this.

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  1. Blake Nicholson | November 8, 2006 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Just in case your readers don’t know about it, a Professor from Northeastern University’s Math department provides background info on some of the topics mentioned in episodes of Numb3rs. The blog can be found at the following URL:

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