operations research


Definition of operations research

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

called also operational research

Examples of operations research in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new system uses an existing software system called Vantage to give commanders a real-time look at what is unaccounted for, Scott Forster, an operations research analyst at the Army, said in a briefing with AP. Kristin M. Hall And Justin Pritchard, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Dec. 2021 Sensor nodes have been installed along the vehicle's route, and Ford is working with Quantum Signal AI, which is a Ford subsidiary, to conduct remote operations research. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2021 In 1956 operations research pioneer Merrill Flood argued that the TSP is likely to be hard. Ian Stewart, Wired, 7 Sep. 2021 In 2019, Forrester ran its first revenue operations research study to understand, among other things, what organizing models B2B companies were adopting to drive revenue operations. Forrester, Forbes, 3 June 2021 How many employees are skilled in statistics, operations research, predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, etc, and understand concepts like: correlations, confidence levels on false or positive signals, clustering analytics, etc. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 But there is no more ardent a disciple of the tome than Mejdal, a former biomathematician at NASA who earned master’s degrees in both cognitive psychology and operations research. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2021 Mercer, who has degrees from Stanford University in biology, mathematics and operations research and engineering economic systems, is known to be a smart delegator. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 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, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of operations research

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 Jul. 2022.

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