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Operations Research historically goes back to World War II when it started off as a compendium of useful algorithms devised to solve practically important problems related to efficient utilization, storage and allocation of scarce resources.  It started off with links to calculus and other mathematical topics which had been nurtured in applications in a number of applied sciences.  The management and engineering sciences have been heavily interested, and in many cases productively active, in this area for over fifty years now.  Its modelling and simulation aspects have acquired wide recognition ever since computational facilities have become widely available. 

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Mathematically one could describe Operations Research as being the multifarious academic expression of a recurrent theme in many human transactions and communications: that of performing an activity or a group of activities in an optimal manner relative to some suitably defined objective.  Devising and implementing optimization techniques in increasingly constructive and aggressive ways is the core business of Operations Research.


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