Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Mathematical model

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_592

The mathematical description of (usually) a real-world problem. In operations research/management science, mathematical models take on varied forms (linear programming, queueing, Markov systems, etc.), many of which can be applied across application areas. The basic OR/MS mathematical model can be described as the decision problem of finding the maximum (minimum) of a measure of effectiveness (objective function) E = F(X, Y), where X represents the set of possible solutions (alternative decisions) and Y the given conditions of the problem. Although a rather simple model in its concept, especially since it optimizes a single objective, this mathematical, decision model underlies most of the problems that have been successfully formulated and solved by OR/MS methodologies. Decision problem; Deterministic model;  Stochastic model.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA