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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Introduction to Operations Research

Operations Research is considered to be a foundation subject for Production and Operations Management. Though that is the case the application of OR is wide ranging from Computer Science to Finance to Engineering to ...

As per wikipedia,  

operations research, is an interdisciplinary mathematical science that focuses on the effective use of technology by organizations. In contrast, many other science & engineering disciplines focus on technology giving secondary considerations to its use.

Linear Programming, Transportation & Assignment Problems, Network Flows and Non Linear Programming are some of the areas in Operations Research.

I found the subject to be interesting, but little tough and its hard to explain or have some notes in a single post. Hence I am providing some of the links to the most simple, helpful and preservable resources available in the net.

Video Lectures:

Fundamentals of Operations Research By Prof. G. Srinivasan, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras

Advanced Operations Research By Prof. G. Srinivasan, Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras

Lecture Notes:

Practical Optimization: A Gentle Introduction By Prof. John W. Chinneck,
Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

Linear Programming: Foundations and Extensions By Robert J. Vanderbei

Course Notes By Prof. Rudi Pendavingh, Eindhoven University of Technology

If you are inclined more towards geometrical interpretations, following resources will help:

Introduction to Convex Optimization, MIT Openware Course

Video Course on Convex Optimizations:

Convex Optimization I By Professor Stephen Boyd, Stanford University

Convex Optimization II By Professor Stephen Boyd, Stanford University

Reference Books:

An Introduction to Operations Research by Hillier & Lieberman

Operations Research: An Introduction By Hamdy A. Taha


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