op·ti·mi·za·tion | \ˌäp-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of optimization 

: an act, process, or methodology of making something (such as a design, system, or decision) as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible specifically : the mathematical procedures (such as finding the maximum of a function) involved in this

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Arthur moved to Manhattan in 2005 to study at NYU under Nassim Nicholas Taleb, whose emphasis on life’s randomness modulated Arthur’s belief that life was a multidimensional optimization problem. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Sonos did it first, but Apple and Google have since come up with ways of doing this sound optimization automatically with sophisticated analysis and without any user involvement. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Highlights from the Vergecast interview with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence," 15 June 2018 The Best Way Sum of squares meets the real world in the field of optimization. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars," 26 May 2018 Sometimes self-optimization is merely a matter of output. Jason Parham, WIRED, "With Scorpion, #DrakeSZN Is Back—as Overwrought as Ever," 2 July 2018 Louisville Courier Journal Continuing its fight against hormone optimization therapy, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure on Thursday indefinitely suspended the medical director of 25 Again from practicing hormone medicine. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky stops '25 Again' doctor from practicing hormone therapy," 21 June 2018 The optimizations and the layoffs — nobody likes this. David Gelles, New York Times, "Bernardo Hees of Kraft Heinz: ‘New Mistakes Are Welcome’," 3 May 2018 But Waheed, of the UCLA Labor Center, sees the gig economy as simply the next generation of the computer-optimization revolution that upended the retail and service sectors a decade ago. Lauren Markham, The Atlantic, "The Immigrants Fueling the Gig Economy," 20 June 2018 Kopser started a ride-optimization company after leaving the military and has worked with Texas officials to promote green technologies in both the civilian and military sectors. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "The science candidates: Kopser builds big tent after win in Texas," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of optimization

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimization

optimize + -ation

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