Operations Research and the RAND Corporation

by Gene Fisher, Warren Walker


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This paper was prepared as an entry for inclusion in the forthcoming book Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, which is being published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. It describes the many contributions of RAND researchers to the field of operations research. These contributions include (1) approaches to problem solving (e.g., systems analysis and policy analysis), (2) methodologies (e.g., game theory, dynamic programming, and linear programming), (3) simulation languages (e.g., SIMSCRIPT I and SIMSCRIPT II), and (4) important public policy applications (e.g., fire department deployment studies for New York City and water management studies for the Dutch government).

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