Week 8 - Operations Research

Click on the title of each topic below to be linked to an article about that topic. Each student is responsible for reading every article.      

Scientific Management

Frederick Taylor introduced one of the first serious attempt at applying mathematical modeling to management. Scientific management or Taylorism was one of the first precursors of Operations Research   

Operations Research

A good introduction to OR

Make sure to read the entire article.

(Recovered from wayback machine)


Deming moved statistical analysis from its early days to modern statistical quality control.   


An easy introduction to the concept of backtracking.   

Hill climbing

Overly short introduction to hill climbing algorithms.


Read at least the first topic linked from this top level page: Bioinformatics

Two more are also relevant

 Genome mapping
 Molecular modeling