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DIMACS Talk on the Importance of Challenges

I gave a talk at DIMACS on the importance of DIMACS Challenges. In short, we need the Challenges because it is important for the advancement of the field of computational optimization.  You are welcome to see the slides here.

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  1. davidc | November 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    If prizes are a good idea (and I think they are) why not go one weirder and go for prediction markets? Both prizes and prediction markets have been championed by Robin Hanson.

    What bets on OR would people gamble on? And thus make money on if they are right. The prediction market is a fascinating way to incentivise research

    http://hanson.gmu.edu/ideafutures.html

  2. Geoffrey De Smet | November 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I agree that we need more challenges. The international timetabling competition 2007 really helped the advancement of Drools Planner (AKA Drools Solver).

    Might you happen to have a list of current and upcoming challenges?

  3. Michael Trick | November 27, 2009 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    The website http://www.dimacs.rutgers.edu/Challenges gives all the Challenges. I don’t believe any are underway at the moment (though perhaps my talk will inspire!).

  4. 1234news | November 30, 2009 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    What bets on OR would people gamble on? And thus make money on if they are right. The prediction market is a fascinating way to incentivise research

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