wesg

@ MIT

Bio

Operations Research (OR) PhD student at MIT

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Why EA needs Operations Research: the science of decision making

I mostly expected people not to know what OR stood for, and then hover over the link to find out more. I also don't think "Operations Research" is actually much more elucidating,  especially given how overloaded the word "operations" is within EA, but it seems this may have been mistaken given this feedback so I have updated.

Why EA needs Operations Research: the science of decision making

Thank you for creating the tag! I was also a CS major at Cornell who actually only took the intro OR class (which was great but my impression is that undergrad ORIE at Cornell is not taught efficiently otherwise).

As for your suggestions

  • Emily Tucker has nice list of broadly useful resources for academic OR but this could probably be improved for an EA audience
  • This is a great idea!
  • The open-source solvers are way behind the commercial ones in terms of performance so I am skeptical this has high EV. AFAICT, much of Gurobi's licensing is customer specific, so I suspect non-profit orgs could get a steep discount if not a free license.
Why EA needs Operations Research: the science of decision making

Thanks for the feedback! I hope the revised title is an improvement.

Will there be an EA answer to the predictable famines later this year?

I am no expert but by far the biggest org is the UN's World Food Program.

I don't see much reporting on them from Givewell but they get 4/4 from charity navigator.