Category Archives: Decision Optimization

Decision Optimization Technologies

Christmas Challenge at Kaggle

“Santa has exciting news! For 100 days before Christmas, he opened up tours to his workshop. Because demand was so strong, and because Santa wanted to make things as fair as possible, he let each of the 5,000 families that … Continue reading

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New release of MiniZinc

MiniZinc is a free and open-source constraint modeling language. You can use MiniZinc to model constraint satisfaction and optimization problems in a high-level, solver-independent way, taking advantage of a large library of pre-defined constraints. Your model is then compiled into FlatZinc, a solver input language … Continue reading

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Success Stories of Decision Optimization

From lifesaving discoveries, to increased efficiencies, to billions in savings realized, Operations Research (OR) and Analytics are making significant impact every day by optimizing real-world decisions. See  success stories described at the INFORMS website and IBM.

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Chaining Machine Learning and Optimization Models

In this article Nathan Brixius describes three relationships between optimization and machine learning: Optimization as a means for doing machine learning Machine learning as a means for doing optimization Using the results of machine learning as input data for an … Continue reading

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Bringing Analytics to the Soccer Transfer Season

SAS posted an article that shares how they applied analytics to optimize players movements between clubs during the soccer transfer season. Every team needs to answer the ultimate question: “How should we allocate our transfer budget to maximize the benefit … Continue reading

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2019 Survey of Software for Linear Programming

Prof. Robert Fourer, who will be our presenter at DecisionCAMP-2019, just published the results of the 2019 Linear Programming (LP) Survey.  LP software can be very effectively used for Decision Optimization problems which deal with minimizing or maximizing business objectives subject … Continue reading

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Optimization and Machine Learning with Excel Online

Frontline Systems has released Analytic Solver® V2019, a SaaS (software as a service) cloud and desktop platform that offers Excel-savvy business analysts point-and-click tools to create predictive and prescriptive analytics models themselves, without needing expert data scientists or programmers. Both … Continue reading

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CP-2019 Workshop on Progress Towards the Holy Grail

In 1997 in the paper “In Pursuit of the Holy Grail” Prof. Gene Freuder proposed that Constraint Programming was well-positioned to pursue the Holy Grail of computer science: the user simply states the problem and the computer solves it.  Twenty … Continue reading

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Java Solver: Modeling and Solving Decision Optimization Problems

Dr. Jacob Feldman announced availability of a new open source product “Java Solver” that provides a very simple API for modeling and solving optimization problems in Java. This is probably the simplest API for adding optimization components to business decisioning … Continue reading

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Similarity in Machine and Human Decision Making

In his new post “Artificial and Human Intelligence” Alain Chabrier from IBM describes decisions the members of his own  family make while packing for vacation. In simple terms Alain nicely explains how we use 3 major Decision Management techniques (Rules, … Continue reading

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