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What are best practices to make optimization user interfaces intuitive for the user?

For many operations research applications a user will often be in charge of making the final decision and will use the optimization algorithms software as a part of their planning flow. Therefore, ...
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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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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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Cubic programming and beyond?

It is almost inevitable in Operations Research to come across linear or quadratic programming problems. The overall structures of these problems are below: \begin{align}\begin{array}{ll} \sf{Linear}\\ ...
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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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Solving pricing problem heuristically in column generation algorithm for VRP

In the set covering/column generation approach for the VRP (Balinski and Quandt (1964), or e.g. this tutorial), the basic idea is: Generate some routes. Solve the set covering problem using those ...
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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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Real-world examples of supply chain contracts?

Does anyone know of any real-world examples in which supply chain contracts, of the type introduced by Pasternack (1985) and reviewed by Cachon (2003), are actually used in practice? I'm talking about ...
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Reference for “expectation preserves convexity”

It is well known that expectation preserves convexity: If $f(x)$ is convex and $Y$ is a random variable, then $\mathbb E[f(x-Y)]$ is convex. This property arises in, for example, inventory theory. I ...
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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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Deploying OR solutions and shipping projects

My background is a bachelor in mathematics. I learned basics OR on my own using the following : Introduction to Operations Research by F. Hillier and G. Lieberman Integer programming by l. Wolsey How ...
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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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How to model nonlinear regression?

As part of my research in statistics, I recently stumbled upon the paper by Wang, 2006, although its primary audience is for those who teach. For simple linear regression, quadratic programming can ...
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Family of hard instances for Gomory's cutting plane algorithm

Is there a variant of integer programs for which Gomory's cutting plane algorithm demonstrably takes a superpolynomial number of iterations?
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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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How to progress with CPLEX/Gurobi

I've been learning and playing with CPLEX/Gurobi for a year using C++/Python API. I know some basic stuff like writing a model, callbacks, basic playing with solvers' parameters. I am wondering what ...
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references on the empirical study on the practice of OR

I am looking for (introductory) references on the empirical studies on the practice of OR. I mean literature that looks at questions like: Which methods are used in practice? How do people ...
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A variant of the Multiple Traveling Salesman Problem

I am trying to find a reference (or a reformulation) of a variant of the multiple Traveling Salesman Problem, where multiple agents need to visit each vertex in a graph with minimal cost. Most of the ...
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Obtaining optimality gaps when using hybrid exact-heuristic approaches to vehicle routing problems

I'm starting to read about column generation-based approaches to vehicle routing problems (VRP). Let's say that I want to solve very large instances of an intricate VRP, I'm not looking to always ...
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Good textbook for queueing theory and performance modeling

Can someone recommend a good self-study textbook for queueing theory and performance modeling? My interest is in applying this to understanding the behavior of some real-world server networks, ...
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Customer clustering to solve very large-scale VRPs

I am looking for references that used customer aggregation to solve large-scale Vehicle Routing Problems. By aggregation, I mean clustering the customers together and representing them with one node ...
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Sources to learn about Sample Average Approximation for practitioners

I want to start learning Stochastic Programming, beginning with SAA (Sample Average Approximation) and keeping a practitioner's perspective in mind, i.e. I would like my sources to collectively cover ...
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Implementation gap in logistics

Typically OR-projects steps are: observing a situation, modeling it, solving the model, implementing the solution, and evaluating the situation. In the area of production and logistics, the models ...
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Suggestion of some courses in sequential decision making

I am studying about sequential decision making and I am willing to know if there is any course which is recorded and is publically available covering topics in dynamic programming (DP), reinforcement ...
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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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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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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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Number of aircraft to operate in an airline company

Suppose that an airline company has X planes, in general the companies keep a number of these aircraft (say 80% of X) in reserve in case of hazards. My question is how the airline companies compute ...
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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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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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Looking for books in the same style as Hans Kellerer 2004, Knapsack Problems

I really enjoyed reading Hans Kellerer, David Pisinger, Ulrich Pferschy 2004 book Knapsack Problems. Can anybody recommend books in a similar style, about some other classes of problems / optimisation?...
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Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (Capacity Planning)

I'm currently developing a small capacity planning problem and right now I am struggling with the "activation" of a subset. Needless to say I am not an expert in this kind of things. I have a set of $...
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Has the expressibility of 'non-integrality testing' as extension to MILP been studied before?

It turns out that extending MILP with any of the constraints $y=\lfloor x\rfloor$, $y=\lceil x\rceil$, $0 < x$, or $x\notin \mathbb{Z}$ is 'equally hard'. (see my answer here, and below) ...
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What is the following VRP?

I am researching a Vehicle Routing Problem for a safety insurance company that provides roadside assistance. The company does not have a depot, as in classical VRP, and has a set of heterogeneous ...
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Citing CPLEX 12.9

Simple question, but very hard to find an answer. How can I cite version 12.9 of CPLEX? Shall I cite the very first CPLEX and indicate that I am using the version 12.9 of this, or shall I cite the ...
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Is it necessary to study rigorous math courses in OR?

I am a business student with engineering background and I am studying papers published in some journals like Management Science, Operations Research, Math of OR and they use some notations and ...
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Metaheuristic to solve general MIPs

Many papers formulate their (NP-hard) problem as ILP or MILP and then show Cplex/Gurobi are unable to solve instances of a certain size. Then they introduce a meta-heuristic solution approach to solve ...
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Suggested Resources for Non-Linear Optimization

I recently completed an undergraduate course in Linear Programming and Operations Research. I am willing to look into advanced concepts and Non-Linear Optimization algorithms and also, their method of ...
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Difficulties with finding equivalent problem on literature

I'm working with a sort of pickup delivery problem right now. We need to assign vehicles to routes and requests to those vehicles. Each request has its due date, client and may be delivered in one of ...
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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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Is there a canonical name for Score Folding (multiplying a priority soft constraint by a big weight)?

I've regularly encountered that there are too many constraints to categorize into just hard and soft constraints. For example: Physical constraints (very hard), e.g. 1 person can only be at 1 spot ...
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Does the “prize-collecting shortest path problem” exist?

The prize collecting shortest path problem (PCSPP) is a special case of the prize collecting Steiner tree problem (PCSTP) (PCSPP is the PCSTP with only two terminal vertices, namely the source and ...
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Theoretical results on performance of branch-and-bound

Are there any theoretical results on the performance of branch-and-bound, even for a subset of instances of a particular discrete optimization problem? As an example, does there exist a result of ...
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Finding the linear functions defining a polyhedron through integer data?

Let's say I have a bunch of linear functions $f_1,\cdots,f_n$ in $k$ variables; then $f_1,\cdots, f_n\le0$ defines a polyhedron $P$ in the $k$-dimensional space. What I'm looking for is going the ...
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Approaches for choosing a “risk” factor in an Inventory Optimization problem?

I'm working on an Inventory Optimization (Allocation) problem. The decision variable is the amount of inventory budget to allocate for each product, from a set of products. My objective is to ...
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Examples of problems with non-convex constraint functions but convex feasible region

I'm looking for examples of (classes of) problems with a non-convex, non-linear formulation, but convex feasible region. That is, a problem of the sort: $$ \begin{array}{lll} \text{minimize} & ...
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Vehicle routing benchmark instances

I recently started working on the classical split delivery vehicle routing problem (SDVRP). I appreciate if someone could let me know where to download benchmark instances for this problem? I am also ...
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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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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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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 ...