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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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But in the private mobility market, where significant investments in a vehicle come with the expectation of a wide range of capabilities rather than optimization for just one, that's still a tough sale. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 Intel’s gameplay site lists graphics optimizations for a vast swath of games that could probably be added to the app in fairly short order. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center," 20 Mar. 2019 But there’s more to energy-optimization than buying a new fridge. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019 Under the new venture, Vodafone Business customers will have access to IBM’s cloud offerings, including automation, optimization and artificial intelligence. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Vodafone Enters Cloud Agreement With IBM, Keeping 5G in Mind," 18 Jan. 2019 Google promises further mitigations and memory optimizations in future Chrome updates. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Chrome gobbles much more RAM due to Google's 'Site Isolation' protection for Spectre CPU flaws," 12 July 2018 Craig Landry, currently senior vice president for revenue optimization, was promoted to executive vice president for operations, effective Jan. 1. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Air Canada Promotes CFO as Part of Management Shuffle," 19 Dec. 2018 As one of the few Android phones that doesn’t use a Snapdragon chip, Huawei has an Apple-like level of optimization and architecture in the Mate 20s, with promised speed and power efficiency that blow away last year’s models. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 Oxman compares the swarm of Fiberbots to ants and spiders, which are able to build complex self-supporting structures rapidly and with an eye for optimization. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Watch a swarm of robots build a fiber structure," 12 Oct. 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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