Optimization is the process of choosing the "best" value among possible values. They are often formulated as questions on the minimization/maximization of functions, with or without constraints.

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What is the optimal path between $2$ fixed points around an invisible obstructing wall?

Every day you walk from point A to point B, which are $3$ miles apart. There is a $50$% chance each walk that there is an invisible wall somewhere strictly between the two points (never at A or B). ...
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Heuristics for topological sort

I have a number of modules connected in a Directed Acyclic Graph. My problem is to find an optimal execution order (minimize the total execution time). Any topological sort suffices for a valid ...
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When might some a variable leave the basis?

In the simplex algorithm in linear programming, what are conditions for a variable to leave a basis (not necessarily basis for the/an optimal solution)? I'm supposed to list as many sufficient and ...