Author Archives: Robert Randall

User Experience and Optimization

As an Optimization Consultant, I spend most of my days working with clients and trying to build models and systems to meet their needs. In general, these are operational systems that run on command and the user sees the results … Continue reading

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Optimizing the House of Representatives

The other day I read an op-ed piece in the NY Times that was discussing the sizing for the US House of Representatives. I’m not really here to discuss the politics of resizing the House of Representative nor what happens … Continue reading

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Does P ≠ NP Matter?

This week we’ve been lucky enough to have one of the biggest computer science stories break in recent memory, Dr. Vinay Deolalikar submitted a proof for the classic Complexity Theory problem of P ≠ NP. While this is ground breaking … Continue reading

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Interesting Discussion Topic On INFORMS Linked In Group

I found the following discussion item on the INFORMS group on Linked In very interesting as it’s a topic that we deal with a lot in the consulting world. I agree with many of the posters that OR is a … Continue reading

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New Model Blues

Recently we started working on a project for a client that incorporates a substantial  amount of complexity into our current optimization system. This will replace a process where this client had a second system that ran before ours and created … Continue reading

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New Jersey Chapter of INFORMS Second Annual Student Contest

Since I currently live in New Jersey, I wanted to pass along information on the Second Annual New Jersey Student Contest.  This contest recognizes Operations Research work by a full-time student who is either a New Jersey resident or enrolled … Continue reading

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