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Are there any optimization problems related to preventing COVID-19 transmission?

I am talking about optimization problems related to spraying disinfectants in public spaces which prevents COVID-19 transmission.
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Textbook recommendation for linear programming decomposition fundamentals

I am looking for a textbook on linear programming decomposition fundamentals. The book should be clear and easy-to-follow for self study and should include examples to illustrate the concepts.
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Does anybody know the complexity of finding a maximum clique in circulant graphs?

I would be interested in knowing if finding a maximum clique in circulant graphs is NP-hard? Does anybody have any pointers or papers to suggest?
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Reference request — fishery yield optimization

I'm looking for references to do a review of research on managing fisheries in industry. I've seen adaptions of population growth models which include some harvesting constant or function and was ...
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What are the best written papers in O.R and best authors in terms of writing?

I'm working on a paper for the first time and I would like to know which papers are recommended to study and analyze for their excellent writing and structure, and which authors in OR are recognized ...
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How to learn about some general Issues related to solvers?

I have found the following slides of talks: Consistency in solvers Performance variability in mixed integer programming I am looking for similar resource (slides, videos, articles, etc.) that treats ...
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Are there explainability approaches in optimization?

In the machine learning community there is the big topic of explainability, where you want to make the solution of ML models explainable or derive explainable models. This is also interesting for ...
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What are the prerequisites for learning about operations research?

I'm finding myself needing to learn about operations research. I'm planning to just find a textbook (or some other medium, such as an online course) on OR and learn from there. But I don't think I ...
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VRP book recommendations

I am looking for a book recommendation on the VRP and variants. I am encountering VRP-like problems more and more in my work and would appreciate a reference.
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Measuring performance of Genetic Algorithms

I'm looking for information concerning Genetic Algorithm (GA) outputs reliability. I've found some papers applying metaheuristics that have run their algorithms 30 times and got the best solution ...
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Textbook recommendation for multiple traveling salesman problem transformation to standard TSP

I am looking for a good textbook explaining: "Transformation of Multiple Traveling Salesmen Problem to the Standard Traveling Salesman Problem."
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Recommended books/materials for practical applications of Operations Research in industry

I have a Masters' degree in Mathematics. I've very fair understanding of methods and techniques of Operations Research. I am looking for a good book/material where I can see a lot of examples on Math ...
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References for Game theory with Operations Research Orientation

I am studying the book by Martin Osborne "An Introduction to Game Theory". My background is IE and I am more familiar with OR. Is there any book that teaches Game theory in Operations ...
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k -MST problem based on Miller-Tucker-Zemlin subtour elimination constraints

Where can I find the formulation of the $k$-MST ($k$-minimum spanning tree) problem as (mixed) integer linear program based on Miller-Tucker-Zemlin subtour elimination constraints (MTZ)?
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Deep Reinforcement Learning for General Purpose Optimization

Recently, I attended a very nice talk given by someone at the place I work about applying Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) for a design optimization problem. It was particularly interesting to me ...
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Algorithm for simplifying a set of linear inequalities

I am looking for an algorithm that, given a set of linear inequalities in $m$ variables, returns a simplified set. "Simplified" may mean an equivalent set with a smallest number of ...
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Production planning with production regularity over time

I've been studying a problem of the following kind: $T = 1,\ldots, \max{T}$ is a discrete period of time, and we can use every production unit $i \in I$ at most twice. Every unit has a fixed attribute ...
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Is there a Linear Programming Library that natively supports fractions instead of floating point arithmetic?

If one recalls how the Simplex method is taught by hand in most LP classes it takes place entirely in $\mathbb{Q}$. All operations yield exact fractions. For this reason I'm looking for linear ...
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Categorization of optimization models

For many families of optimization problems there is some sort of classification scheme. I am thinking about the triple notation for machine scheduling introduced in "Optimization and approximation in ...
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Learning local search operator selection

I'm just reading [1]. The authors use a neural network to solve capacitated vehicle routing problems through iterative generation of tours by solving a price-collecting traveling salesman problem in ...
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What are Operations Research applications for 'morally discussable causes'?

Out of curiosity, since I read this question What are Operations Research applications for 'good causes'? and thought it might be a good addition to it. What are Operations Research ...
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PhD-level textbooks on linear programming

My graduate Linear Programming class uses Bertsimas & Tsitsiklis's Introduction to Linear Optimization. Are there any alternative texts that I could use to supplement this textbook (mainly the ...
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Protein folding and protein design relation

I understand from this active COVID-19 question: Are there any COVID-19 (coronavirus) related optimization problems with input datasets that we can "crowd solve"? that the protein folding ...
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What is the first mention of the modelling cycle in OR?

The first reference to the modelling cycle (reality, model, solution, implementation) for operations research I found, is the paper "Operations research from the viewpoint of general systems ...
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What are examples of integral polytopes, where there exists an algorithm to write a given point as a convex combination of integral points?

Given a set of integer points $S$, one is often interested in finding $\operatorname{conv}(S)$ or characterizing certain cases, where $\operatorname{conv}(S)$ is described by few inequalities. ...
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Combined arc capacity constraints in network flows

Consider the network flow polyhedron for a directed graph $G = (N, A)$. Along with the standard flow-balance and single-arc capacity constraints, we are faced with additional constraints which enforce ...
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How to handle an IP sub-problem with an objective function in Benders Decomposition

I have a question on Benders Decomposition (BD). Suppose I have an MILP model which can be decomposed into a master problem (MP) including integer and continuous variables and a subproblem (SP) ...
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Applications of pure mathematics in operations research

This is a question that I've been thinking about for a while, as my background is mainly on pure mathematics. From a few OR papers that I've looked at, I could identify some areas of pure mathematics ...
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What is good introductory literature on (meta)heuristics?

What textbook/articles would you use to introduce heuristics and meta-heuristics to OR students? Assume they have already seen some OR (e.g., LP and MILP).
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Classics in Operations Research from around WW II?

Once I found a site on the web containing some classic, original material from around the WW II. One of the topics covered was submarine hunting. But I cannot find that again now ... So the question ...
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Procurement and supply management: model-oriented undergradute textbook

I look for an undergraduate-level textbook on procurement and supply management that is largely organized around (reasonably simple) mathematical models. The texts I have reviewed so far are all ...
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Global Optimization when the exponential function is involved

I wonder if there are methods to determine the global optimum of MINLP problems, when the nonlinear functions involved are only of the form $Z = Y e^{- \alpha X}$, where $Y \ge 0$ and $X \ge 0$. Are ...
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Constraint programming resources

I am looking for resources to learn constraint programming. I will divide the resources I am looking for in three types: Modeling Is there resources (books, articles, courses, etc.) that are ...
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Complexity \ Reference request for variant of max flow problem

In the standard max cost flow problem with arc capacities, the cost of using an arc is proportional to the flow through the arc. For example, if $f_{uv}$ is the flow through the arc $(u,v)$, then the ...
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Is this a common generalization of the independent set problem?

Suppose a minimum weighted independent set in a conflict graph with $n$ vertices. The basic version is where each vertex $i$ is associated with a weight $c_i$. i.e., there is a vector $C$ for the ...
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Algorithms for finding step sizes which satisfy the Wolfe conditions?

I am a student studying optimization, and I am interested in algorithms which finds step sizes satisfying the Wolfe (or strong Wolfe) conditions. I do know of one book which provides such an algorithm:...
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How to evalute the quality of a solver (beyond solution quality and time efficiency)?

I built a solver for a classic scheduling problem. It has some exact methods and some heuristics methods. I want to judge the quality of the work beyond time efficiency and solution quality. For ...
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Accessible introduction to L-shaped methods/Benders decomposition

I am looking for papers or other resources that provide an accessible introduction to L-shaped methods/Benders decomposition for solving stochastic linear programming-ideally something focused more on ...
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How to implement a local search with different operators?

I read some papers on local search. I remark that several authors use different move operators. However, the pseudo-code I found on google only uses one operator. I am wondering how to implement the ...
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Meta papers on operations research

Some time ago, I wrote this answer: https://or.stackexchange.com/a/3323/405 to a question here on this stack exchange. I've had similar discussions with colleges, but I never found anything written ...
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Polynomially solvable cases of zero-one programming

I am dealing with a problem having two types of variables: binary variables, and continuous variables. In some cases, the continuous variables are not used, and so the problem contains those binary ...
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Books in applied Online Optimization

What are books on Online Optimization other than Introduction to Online Convex Optimization? Preferably: more on applied side, rather than theoretical not limited to convex only
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How to improve the quality of code in OR?

So I noticed, that a lot of students taking OR-classes come from non-computer science backgrounds (e.g. buissiness administration). They typically had only one other class in their first semester ...
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Maximizing 1-norm: using binary variables to relax non-convexity

It is well-known that when we maximize a 1-norm, e.g., $\|Ax\|_1$, we can use binary variables and obtain a mixed-integer convex problem (otherwise maximizing 1-norm is non-convex). I am mentioning ...
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Single reference for Mixed Integer Programming formulations to linearize, handle logical constraints and disjunctive constraints, do Big M, etc?

Is there a single crisp and accessible reference which covers how to generate Mixed Integer Programming formulations to linearize products, handle logical constraints and disjunctive constraints, do ...
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Combining Machine learning and Operations research on a scheduling problem

I am wondering if there is any attempts of combining OR and ML in the following way. Priority-based rules are widely used in Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problems. Is there a way to train ...
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What are Operations Research applications for 'good causes'?

I am looking for applications of OR for good causes, possibly with some literature. I intend a good cause loosely defined in the sense that the scope is that of improving the well-being of others, e.g....
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What are the most-used technical skills in OR?

Apart from: modeling, "coding" the model and using an open source/commercial solver Implementing an approximation method (metaheuristics, greedy, etc.) Implementing exact methods (dynamic ...
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Reference for column generation applications

When talking about column generation algorithms, the main example is the cutting stock problem. I'm aware that variations of vehicle routing problem (VRP) can be solved using a column generation ...
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Covering problem on a network (?)

I have this problem described in natural language, and I was wondering whether it is relatable to any known problem. I have a directed acyclic graph. Each node can host a "probe". If node $i$ hosts ...