I find it hard to form math models for real life operations research problems, how can I learn this? Any books, tutorials available?

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    $\begingroup$ I recommend checking the other posts that have the books tag. $\endgroup$
    – RobPratt
    Commented Apr 11, 2020 at 18:40
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    $\begingroup$ The NPTEL lecture series on operations research: nptel.ac.in/courses/112106134 has a number of examples. The solver ILOG CPLEX is shipped with a number of coding examples. You can find the corresponding mathematical model online. $\endgroup$
    – batwing
    Commented Apr 11, 2020 at 20:19
  • $\begingroup$ Resources introduced in this relevant question are all recommended. $\endgroup$
    – rasul
    Commented Aug 9, 2021 at 13:01

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you may get many different answers but the one I have used for 20+ years is

Model Building in Mathematical Programming by H.P.Williams

Many models are in the OPL CPLEX examples and some other here

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    $\begingroup$ All 29 of these examples from the Williams book are in SAS here. $\endgroup$
    – RobPratt
    Commented Apr 11, 2020 at 21:02

A Course in Combinatorial Optimization, by Alexander Schrijver



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