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{ Monthly Archives } August 2008

Pushing back boundaries

It is 1AM here in Cork, and an adenoidal singer with a very eclectic song selection is screaming outside my hotel window, making it difficult to sleep. So I am reading “The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch” by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen. Terry Pratchett is my second favorite author (next to […]

Operations Research and the US Presidential Election

I am in Cork, Ireland, attending the Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (I gave a talk on sports scheduling and three themes of modern integer programming: complicated variables, large scale local search, and logical Benders constraints). Conversation here (when an American is in the group: presumably without an American conversation is about […]

Dash in FairIsaac

“A.L.” who frequently posts on sci.op-research notes To improve service for Xpress-MP users even further, Fair Isaac closed Dash office in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. This is what recorded message says when office number is called. Guys from this office are still available and working from their basements. The question is for how long. I sent […]

The Numerati

Stephen Baker of BusinessWeek has just published a book entitled The Numerati, and has a blog related to the book.  The purpose of the book is to look how mathematicians are using data to to profile people in their shopping, voting, and even dating habits. I am not exactly an unbiased reader of the book.  […]

Where did the summer go?

This summer seems to have been far shorter than previous summers. I start teaching next week, and it seems so unfair: I want my summer back! I think the fault is partially the conferences I went to (CPAIOR in May, IFORS in July, and MIP in August) broke up the summer too much, so I […]

In New York doing Mixed Integer Programming

I am in New York at Columbia University, attending the Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) workshop. This workshop series was started about 5 years ago, and has grown into a hundred person workshop/conference. It is still run pretty informally (no nametags: I guess it is assumed that everyone knows everyone else. Having just shaved off my […]

Personal Blogs, Personal Views

William Patry, Google’s Senior Copyright Counsel, is ending his blog “The Patry Copyright Blog“. That sentence, in short, gives one of the two reasons he is ending the blog (the other is the horrid state of copyright law, in his view). Patry is a long time copyright lawyer who started the blog while in private […]

Traffic Behavior and Operations Research

The New York Times Magazine has an article today entitled “The Urge to Merge” on how people handle tunnels, construction, and so on, when driving, where the number of lanes decreases. Some people, the lineuppers, carefully get into one of the continuing lanes and wait patiently to go through the tunnel. Others, the sidezoomers, zip […]