The operations research
analyst has a wide variety of methods available for problem
solving. For mathematical programming models there are optimization
techniques appropriate for almost every type of problem, although
some problems may be difficult to solve. For models that incorporate
statistical variability there are methods such as probability
analysis and simulation that estimate statistics for output
parameters. In most cases the methods are implemented in computer
programs. It is important that at least some member of an OR
study team be aware of the tools available and be knowledgeable
concerning their capabilities and limitations.
In this section we include a number of topics
that relate to the methods of operations research. The contents
of this section are arranged by problem type. This Methods section
includes the documentation for the teaching add-ins.