The Analytic Methods of Operations Research
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER
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Originally, the techniques used by operational research teams were borrowed from other scientific fields. However, the scope of problems addressed by this new discipline soon led to the development of special analytic methods, including such now familiar terms as linear programming, game theory, dynamic programming, queueing theory, and so forth. This growth was accelerated by the parallel development of the high-speed digital computer and the modern concepts of solution algorithms and simulation models. When computational storage and speed were limited, emphasis was on the exploitation of a problems special structure as capabilities have expanded and costs have diminished, emphasis has shifted to the problems of data management for larger-scale problems. Efficient data-structure methods have led to new methods for unsolvable combinatorial problems.
- Operations Research