University of Pittsburgh
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

What is Operations Research?

(From: The Science of Better)

In a nutshell, operations research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods including simulation, optimization and statistics to help make better decisions with less risk. Organizations worldwide in business, the military, health care, and the public sector are realizing powerful benefits from O.R., including:

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The Science of Better Campaign was developed by an ad hoc committee under the auspices of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

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