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David K Smith
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I am a retired O.R. academic. I spent most of my working life lecturing in O.R. at the University of Exeter. While there I authored three books and numerous papers. This blog reflects my thoughts as an observer trained in O.R.. I also keep a blog about the St Leonard's area of Exeter at http://lookatstls.blogspot.com/ I support the O.R.Society (http://www.theorsociety.com/ and http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3340659&trk=skills) and its initiatives promoting O.R.
I am a retired O.R. academic. I spent most of my working life lecturing in O.R. at the University of Exeter. While there I authored three books and numerous papers. This blog reflects my thoughts as an observer trained in O.R.. I also keep a blog about the St Leonard's area of Exeter at http://lookatstls.blogspot.com/ I support the O.R.Society (http://www.theorsociety.com/ and http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3340659&trk=skills) and its initiatives promoting O.R.

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Algorithms; don't you love them?
About once a month, I walk with a small walking group.  Earlier this year, while enjoying the wonderful landscape of Dartmoor, one of my fellow walkers turned and asked, "David, what is an algorithm?"  He knew that algorithms affected his daily life, and hi...
Algorithms; don't you love them?
Algorithms; don't you love them?
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How many loos?
Once again, the vexed question of provision of loos for buildings has been in those bits of the press and media that I come across.  The inside back page of the magazine "New Scientist" is devoted to "The Last Word" where readers pose science questions and ...
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Operational Research in Pompeii, 79CE
In my former blog, I wrote about the logistics of transporting monumental stone from Egypt to Rome during the time of the Roman Empire ( Logistics in Ancient Egypt) Now I want to return to that era with some more reflections. The Roman town of Pompeii was o...
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What's in a name?
Over the years, many people involved in Operational Research have agonised over the name of the profession.  To the insider, we know what it means - research into the operations of business, government, industry, commerce, armed forces, etc., etc.  To the o...
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Scheduling and Routing on holiday
In May, Tina and I went on holiday to the Greek island of Rhodes.  It was a good holiday, the sort which is taken by millions of people each year.  But we generally don't have that sort of package holiday, flying with a tour company and staying for a week i...
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Supply chains, weather and forecasting
Thanks to Nav for this idea.  It is May, and the last few days have been warm, dry and cloudless.  Today, Saturday, in the UK, we have been marking the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan - the newly created Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  In Exeter, we have bee...
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Transport models for food banks
The current issue of the UK's Journal of the Operational Research
Society includes an unusual transport problem.  There are numerous
variations on the classic Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP), and this is an
interesting one derived from an observation of a ...
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About universities, curiosity and self-confidence
Professor Ian McFarland (Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
University) was interviewed for the "Church Times" (20th April 2018) and
commented about university education.  He made a point which is
relevant to operational research scientists ... as...
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Transport models for food banks
The current issue of the UK's Journal of the Operational Research
Society includes an unusual transport problem.  There are numerous
variations on the classic Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP), and this is an
interesting one derived from an observation of a ...
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A few thoughts about O.R. and dishonesty
Growing up in rural England, I didn't have many encounters with blatant dishonesty.  This was in the days before television brought wickedness into everyone's front rooms.  As children we were taught the standards of the Ten Commandments so didn't steal, di...
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