Definitions for operations research
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the analysis, usu. involving mathematical treatment, of a process, problem, or operation to determine its purpose and effectiveness and to gain maximum efficiency.
Origin of operations research:
research designed to determine most efficient way to do something
The application of scientific methods and techniques to problems of decision making, especially in business management and government administration.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A group of techniques developed to apply scientific methods and tools to solve the problems of DECISION MAKING in complex organizations and systems. Operations research searches for optimal solutions in situations of conflicting GOALS and makes use of mathematical models from which solutions for actual problems may be derived. (From Psychiatric Dictionary, 6th ed)
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
The analytical study of military problems undertaken to provide responsible commanders and staff agencies with a scientific basis for decision on action to improve military operations. Also called operational research; operations analysis.
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