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Basic Modeling for Discrete Optimization

Optimization is a common form of decision making, and is ubiquitous in our society. Its applications range from solving Sudoku puzzles to arranging seating in a wedding banquet. The same technology can schedule planes and their crews, coordinate the production of steel, and organize the transportation of iron ore from the mines to the ports. Good decisions in manpower and material resources management also allow corporations to improve profit by millions of dollars. Similar problems also underpin much of our daily lives and are part of determining daily delivery routes for packages, making school timetables, and delivering power to our homes. Despite their fundamental importance, all of these problems are a nightmare to solve using traditional undergraduate computer science methods. This course is intended for students interested in tackling all facets of optimization applications. You will learn an entirely new way to think about solving these challenging problems by stating the problem in a state-of-the-art high level modeling language, and letting library constraint solving software do the rest. This will allow you to unlock the power of industrial solving technologies, which have been perfected over decades by hundreds of PhD researchers. With access to this advanced technology, problems that are considered inconceivable to solve before will suddenly become easy. Watch the course promotional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc3cBvtrem0&t=8s

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Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 6-12 hours/week
Starts Aug 24 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Melbourne, The Chinese University of Hong Kong via Coursera
Instructors Prof. Peter James Stuckey, Jimmy Ho Man Lee, Prof. Jimmy Ho Man Lee
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Language English
Subjects Programming Mathematics
Tags Computer Science Software Development Math And Logic

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Rating 4.7 based on 41 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 6-12 hours/week
Starts Aug 24 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Melbourne, The Chinese University of Hong Kong via Coursera
Instructors Prof. Peter James Stuckey, Jimmy Ho Man Lee, Prof. Jimmy Ho Man Lee
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming Mathematics
Tags Computer Science Software Development Math And Logic

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