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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

Here are a few differences I have noticed. (I am mainly an academic, but also work part-time for a consulting company that specializes in OR and AI models for supply chain and other industries.) ...
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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

My experience, as a former phd in an academic context, post doc in a semi-industrial/semi-academic context and now working for an APS editor, is the following: When working on academic problems one ...
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Ordered list of OR journals

Here are a few sources. In my opinion, all are to be taken with a grain of salt. Scimago Journal and Country Rank The Scimago Journal and Country Rank (the link goes to the Management Science and ...
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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

One difference I did not see mentioned in earlier responses: moving targets. In academe, we tend to start out with a well-delineated (if perhaps overly simple) problem, and we stick with that problem. ...
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Python vs. compiled languages in OR research using metaheuristics

Speaking as an occasional reviewer for journals, when I read a paper proposing a new heuristic or metaheuristic my first question is "does it work?", which is independent of the programming ...
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Ordered list of OR journals

Personally, I think you shouldn't be merely motivated by quantitative journal rankings as they often rely on measures that could be manipulated. In particular, the impact factor of a journal would ...
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Implementation gap in logistics

The implementation gap may not be a function of the "quality of the model" (or the algorithm used to solve it, which is a separate dimension). I had an experience with a logistics problem where the ...
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Non-OR journals which regularly publish OR research

I'm going to assume here that we are talking about papers utilizing OR concepts (model, solution procedure, some sort of consequences of interest to the readers) as opposed to "pure OR papers" (...
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What Is OR Research Like?

Disclaimer: the following is doomed not to be comprehensive. (I'm still cautiously optimistic about it being at least somewhat correct.) Some OR research is devoted to theory: proving that some ...
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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

Just to add one more point to what @LarrySnyder610 said above about specific problem-driven projects of enterprises: Since many of industry OR problems are driven by specific use cases, some of the ...
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Ordered list of OR journals

Sharing the same reservations on journal rankings I can add some more which are particular relevant for hiring decisions in Germany and Europe. The German association of business administration ...
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Ordered list of OR journals

Another source providing this information is google scholar. Here is the ranking for mathematical optimization journals. Also as @Chang pointed out here is the ranking for operations research journals....
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Implementation gap in logistics

You asked two questions at the end and I only try to answer the second "why is it [implementation gap] not always included anyway": If I understand your question correctly, I'd say there can be many ...
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How is the field of operations research evolving?

As far as I can tell, industry demand for people who check the "OR" box (whether they are labeled as OR, industrial engineering or management science, or "analytics" with a clear ability to go beyond ...
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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

TL;DR version For vehicle routing problems (which is a subset of OR), academic works focus on getting the best possible solution cost for overly simplified problems, industry focuses on getting ...
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Non-OR journals which regularly publish OR research

Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling Journal Description Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling is an open access peer-reviewed journal adopting a broad definition of "biology" and ...
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How is the field of operations research evolving?

In my opinion, OR is definitely broadening in scope, but let me try to be a bit more concrete (N.B.: all of this is my opinion, and I hope others will add their views as well): OR is a relatively "...
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Representing an indicator function: binary variables and "indicator constraints"

First question: Yes, your algebraic formulation is correct. Second question: I would lean toward using the algebraic formulation, for two reasons. First, it is not solver-specific. Second, a reader ...
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How fair is limit solver threads when publishing?

The problem is, even if you use the same number of threads, a 'rigorous' comparison of different implementations in different programming languages - for example, in terms of running time or of the ...
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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

For having spent 10 years in Academia/OR and 20 years in the industry side of the force, I noticed that one difference is often the incremental aspect of the problem you have to solve in the industry. ...
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What are the main differences between Operations Research in the academic world, in the enterprise world and in the government world?

I only have first-hand experience of the government side, which limits my ability to compare, but since none of the other answers discuss that side of things it may be useful to have an answer from ...
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Non-OR journals which regularly publish OR research

Journals focused on electricity/power systems often publish OR papers. Examples include IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.
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Using R for coding Matheuristic for Research Publication

You mention data pre-/post-processing. If what you propose to do is in the context of data science (for instance, a matheuristic for outlier identification to be embedded in some statistical data-...
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Python vs. compiled languages in OR research using metaheuristics

I think this is a false dichotomy. Surely, C++ is the classical language for fast programs (besides FORTRAN, maybe). But nowadays, Java is very fast as well. Julia is also an option, fast and aimed ...
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Non-OR journals which regularly publish OR research

I would say Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization with the following description taken from Springer. Journal Description The journal’s scope ranges from mathematical foundations of the ...
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How fair is limit solver threads when publishing?

Personal opinion: I think it is fair to use as many threads as makes sense in context. For instance, when I use CPLEX I believe it defaults to four threads (one per core on my PC). If I'm solving a ...
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Interplay of OR and Statistics Research

I'm going to interpret "in OR" as appearing in OR journals and/or written by people who identify as OR/MS/IE researchers. I'm a bit familiar with the intersection of optimization and ...
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