15.053 Introduction to Optimization, Spring 2004
Image of optimization application in radiation therapy. (Image by Prof. James Orlin.)
This class features a complete set of lectures
, as well as some tools
that expand the capabilities of Microsoft® Excel.
15.053 introduces students to the theory, algorithms, and applications of optimization. Optimization methodologies include linear programming, network optimization, integer programming, decision trees, and dynamic programming. The methods have applications to logistics, manufacturing, transportation, marketing, project management, and finance.
Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. Any number of programs can call the .dll files found on this course site. These files are also executable. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations.