This blog is moving to nathanbrixius.wordpress.com

I am in the process of moving to my new blog: http://nathanbrixius.wordpress.com/. My plan is to keep doing what I’ve been doing the last 5 years: write about things that are of professional interest to me. In the course of this move, I will be migrating and updating my most popular posts. If you have suggestions…


2011 INFORMS Conference on Analytics

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Optimization modeling using Solver Foundation and Sho

Two days ago, my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss’s boss’s boss Soma announced the launch of several Technical Computing projects on Dev Labs. One of these projects, Sho, is an Iron Python-based environment for doing math, stats, optimization, and the like. Sho’s optimization libraries are powered by Solver Foundation. The Team of Sho has written an “optimizer”…


Quadratic Assignment Problems for Bartenders

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INFORMS trip report

(As always, this post reflects my own views and not necessarily those of Microsoft.) I recently returned from the INFORMS conference on operations research in Austin, Texas. INFORMS is the most popular professional organization relating to the theory and practice of operations research – which includes numerical optimization, metaheuristic search techniques, and (increasingly) analytics. Their…