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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

Examples of optimization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not Optimized at the top, show all apps, and then turn optimization off for the smart home app in question. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, "Geofencing can level up your smart home if you set it up properly," 4 Jan. 2021 Damon Wischik researches traffic flow optimization using AI at Cambridge University. Ana Moreno, CNN, "AI and smart traffic lights could transform your commute," 18 Dec. 2020 Many of these are around financial portfolio optimization, and BBVA has worked with Zapata's Orquestra to help run these tests. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Startup debuts software to help any company use “quantum algorithms”," 24 Sep. 2020 The caption shared that Hutton is the founder of the management consulting firm, Joy of Consulting, which assists companies with their organizational structure through training and process optimization. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Google launches program to assist Black and Latinx business owners," 1 Dec. 2020 Mike Jones was promoted to senior vice president of contact center and revenue optimization at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Inc., Orlando. Joe Rassel, orlandosentinel.com, "People on the move," 26 Nov. 2020 Six Flags expects technology to improve wait times for rides and website and search engine optimization, as well as enhance its ability to alter pricing and promotions. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "With nine theme parks still closed, Six Flags is bleeding money and struggling to attract guests," 28 Oct. 2020 This optimization problem, which seeks the shortest (or least expensive) round trip through a collection of cities, has applications ranging from DNA sequencing to ride-sharing logistics. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record," 8 Oct. 2020 To someone with Mann’s engineering sensibility, the precision of G.T.D. was appealing, and the method itself seemed ripe for optimization. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of optimization was in 1857

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15 Jan 2021

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“Optimization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimization. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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