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{ Monthly Archives } November 2009

Time to Improve Operations Research on Wikipedia

The wikipedia article on operations research needs help.  Let’s see how it begins (as of today:  it might change any moment now, given the way wikipedia works): Operations research (N America) or Operational research (UK/Europe) “is a scientific method of providing executive departments with a quantitative basis for decisions regarding the operations under their control.”[1] […]

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.

Running Farmville through Operations Reseach

Be sure to check out Tallys Yunes’ post on getting rich in Facebook’s Farmville via linear programming (following up on Mark Newheiser’s post). I think I’ll add this to the introductory course we teach our MBAs. Now if only we could cut down on the lonely animals from other’s farms that hang out in my […]

Stephen Baker, ex-Business Week

Stephen Baker, a senior writer at Business Week, is part of the group that was not offered a job after that magazine was bought by Bloomberg. Steve’s journalism has been a tremendous boon to the world of operations research. His cover story “Math will Rock Your World” pointed out all the ways mathematics is affecting […]

Journal Impact and Costs

I am a co-editor of a “new” journal Surveys in Operations Research and Management Science published by Elsevier. I’ll write more about that journal and my thoughts about it in another post. I expect to be blasted by some people whose opinions I value about teaming up with a commercial publisher, but I did have […]

Dead words in operations research

Sometime ago, when writing about Stafford Beer, I wrote: Stafford Beer was one of the founding people in British operational research. He was one of the people who saw operational research in World War II and adapted those methods to work in practice, in his case at United Steel, followed by some consulting companies. He […]

Winston, Sports, Statistics, and Decision Making

Wayne Winston, author of famous textbooks in operations research and a new book on math and sports,  and sports statistics/decision making guru, has a column in the Huffington Post, which certainly catapults him to rock-star status in the operations research world.  The entries are also posted on his personal blog, where he posts additional material. […]

A Belated Happy Birthday to the Blog!

This blog was begun on October 24, 2005, so it had its fourth birthday a couple of weeks ago.  As my family knows, I am not great with birthdays, so I managed to forget it.  But, better late than never, Happy Birthday to Michael Trick’s Operations Research Blog! Here’s what I wrote last year about […]

Questions and answers in operations research?

Yiorgos Adamoploulos (@hakmem on twitter) pointed out StackExchange as a software system/social network system for questions on specialized topics.  He wondered if we need one in operations research. It seems to me that the “web 0.1” version of this (Usenet groups) are pretty well dead:  the spam has completely taken over comp.constraints and is pretty […]

Gerry Thompson has Passed Away

Gerry Thompson, a colleague of mine at the Tepper School, has passed away.  Gerry was one of the founders of operations research, having done significant work dating back to the 1950s.  Much of Gerry’s early work was in game theory (particularly work with Kemeny).  Over time, Gerry moved into pure operations research and did a […]