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What is the origin of the term 'programming' in 'linear programming'? It is not obvious to me why this should be called a type of programming.

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Per my linear algebra book (in which linear programming is touched upon), the term predates computers and computer programming. Rather, it just refers to a plan that is written down... (fyi) –  anorton Jan 23 '13 at 13:09
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Some of the history and origin of the terminology could be found at

globopt.dsi.unifi.it/gol/Seminari/DeLeone2008.pdf

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It is about planning, i.e. finding a "pre-written" (pro-gramma) plan.

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