Author Archives: Patricia Randall

When the Data Changes Before the Model Even Finishes Solving

This month’s INFORMS blogging challenge topic is OR and analytics. Last Wednesday I was thinking seriously about this topic, in particular how OR and analytics, although separate fields, can benefit from each other, when I saw Michael Trick’s post outlining … Continue reading

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Why is SpORts So Popular?

Several years ago I attended a SpORts (OR in Sports) session at the annual INFORMS meeting (I think it was New Orleans –> San Francisco 2005) and the room was packed. All the chairs were taken and latecomers resorted to … Continue reading

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A Side Effect of Optimization – A Spring Cleaning for Your Data

When executives and managers start to plan for new optimization projects within their operations, they usually consider the basics like hardware requirements, time to design and implement the model, and the need for user testing and acceptance. But data cleanup … Continue reading

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When The Correct Answer Isn’t Right Part 1: Objective

In a previous post I started discussing what to do when an optimization model’s correct answer isn’t the “right” answer according to the user. I am currently working on developing a scheduling MIP for a client that generates an optimal … Continue reading

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When The Correct Answer Isn’t Right

WordPress has an interesting feature that shows searches that have lead to your blog. Recently I saw a search for “what if the correct answer isn’t the right answer?” This search resonated with me because I have recently run into … Continue reading

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Help Wanted: Elves with OR Background

This is a busy time of year for Santa and he could probably use some help from elves with Operations Research experience. Probably the most well-known application of OR at the North Pole is modeling Santa’s route as a Traveling … Continue reading

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Genetic Algorithm to Optimize Video Game Strategy

I think one of the major questions people outside of the Operations Research community have about OR is when is it useful in the real world? Obviously OR is right at home in a factory guiding production or at an … Continue reading

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