The book is an edited volume from leading research scholars in the field of Operations Research, focusing on future perspectives in OR. Each of the contributors offers their perspective looking forward to the further development of the field. The theme will provide pivotal interest in the book because of prominence of the contributors and Saul Gass' position as one of the founders of OR and his involvement in writing about the history of OR. The history of operations research is of considerable interest and this book takes a pivotal perspective of OR's history by examining current trends and the future of the field. TOC:Photo gallery.- Reflections on Saul Gass' influence.- Four score years of Saul I. Gass: portrait of an OR professional.- In the beginning: Saul Gass and other pioneers.- Learning from the master: Saul Gass, linear programming and the OR profession.- Looking backwards, looking forwards: reflections on definitions of operations research by Morse and Kimball.- Ben Franklin: America's first operations researcher.- Good management, the xyz variables of OR texts.- The operations research profession: westward, look, the land is bright.- Choosing a combinatorial auction design: an illustrated example.- Label-correcting shortest path algorithms revisited.- The ubiquitous Farkas lemma.- Parametric cardinality probing in set partitioning.- A counting problem in linear programming.- Towards exposing the applicability of Gass & Saaty's parametric programming procedure.- The noisy Euclidean traveling salesman problem: a computational analysis.- The close enough traveling salesman problem: a discussion of several heuristics.- Twinless strongly connected components.- EOQ rides again!.- Federal Express sort facility employee scheduling problem.- Sensitivity analysis in Monte Carlo simulation of stochastic activity networks.- The EM algorithm, its randomized implementation and global optimization: some challenges and opportunities for operations research.- Recovering circles and spheres from point data.- Why the New York Yankees signed Johnny Damon.- Index.
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