operations research


Definition of operations research

: the application of scientific and especially mathematical methods to the study and analysis of problems involving complex systems

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Examples of operations research in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lydia Elle, an operations research analyst in the space industry, and a single mom of a 10-year-old, was pleasantly surprised by at least one aspect of her new life: the disappearance of the stress from racing from the office to get her daughter. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Some moms don't have the luxury of dropping out of the workforce," 13 Nov. 2020 Nicholas Johnson, who studied operations research and financial engineering, is the New Jersey Ivy League school's 2020 valedictorian, according to an announcement from the school. NBC News, "Montreal student named first black valedictorian of Princeton," 12 May 2020 In addition to studying operations research and financial engineering, Johnson is also pursuing certificates in statistics and machine learning, applied and computational mathematics, and applications of computing, school officials said. Joshua Chung, USA TODAY, "Nicholas Johnson makes Princeton history: First black valedictorian in 274 years," 12 May 2020 After graduation, Johnson plans to intern as a hybrid quantitative researcher and software developer at the D. E. Shaw Group before beginning Ph.D. studies in operations research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. NBC News, "Montreal student named first black valedictorian of Princeton," 12 May 2020 Johnson, who is from Montreal, majored in operations research and financial engineering. Corey Kilgannon, BostonGlobe.com, "After 274 years, Princeton will have its first Black valedictorian," 11 May 2020 In the fall, Johnson will begin his PhD. studies in operations research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Princeton names its first black valedictorian in the university's history," 10 May 2020 During her service, Collins pursued a master’s degree in operations research from Stanford University and a master’s in space systems management from Webster University. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Aviation Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees," 10 Jan. 2020 Lucki said Ortis joined the RCMP in 2007 and worked in operations research and national security criminal investigations. Washington Post, "Indicted Canadian intelligence official had access to allies’ secrets, official says," 18 Sep. 2019

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Operations research.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/operations%20research. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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