Solving The Most Told Stories in Operations Research: A Collection of Classic and Contemporary Tales

OR has a long history of success in solving real-world problems, and many of these successes have been told as stories. These stories are often used to illustrate the power of OR and its ability to make a difference in the world.

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Edited 9.23.23, Originally Titled: “The Most Told Stories in Operations Research: A Collection of Classic and Contemporary Tales”

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Storytelling is an important tool for communicating the value of OR. Stories can be used to capture the attention of audiences, to illustrate complex concepts, and to make the value of OR more tangible.

The stories of the traveling salesman, the newsvendor, the queueing problem, the inventory problem, the scheduling problem, the transportation problem, and the game theory problem have all been used to solve real-world problems throughout history.

These are just a few of the most told stories in OR. There are many other stories that illustrate the power of OR to solve real-world problems. These stories can be used to teach students about the principles of OR, to inspire them to use OR to solve problems in their own work, and to communicate the value of OR to decision-makers.

In addition to these classic stories, there are many other stories that could be told about the power of OR. For example, OR has been used to improve the efficiency of transportation systems, to optimize the allocation of resources in hospitals, and to design better manufacturing processes. OR is a powerful tool that can be used to solve a wide variety of problems, and these stories are just a small sample of the many ways that OR is used in the real world.

There are many different ways to use storytelling in OR. Here are a few examples:

  • Using stories to explain OR models: OR models can be complex and difficult to understand. Storytelling can be used to explain the key concepts of an OR model in a way that is easy to understand. For example, a story could be told about a company that is trying to decide how many products to produce…

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