Hi, I have completed my bachelor with major in statistics. I have taken a course on optimization too and found it very interesting. After my masters, I am planning to do PhD with a focus on optimization algorithm in survey statistics (sampling allocation). Could you please suggest me some courses in masters which would be helpful for me? Thanks. asked 13 Oct '16, 10:43 Farex 
Roughly, there are two tracks in Optimization/Operations Research. The narrow definition of Optimization might refer deterministic optimization, though. Deterministic and Stochastic. These two tracks require a little bit different background. Deterministic : Linear Programming, Integer / non linear programming. Combinatorial / convex optimization. etc. Of cause, there is a overlapped area, such as stochastic programming. Economics classes: Game theory, Decision Theory(utility, Multiobjective..) Depending on which track you will be on, you choose different courses. When I started my PhD, I thought of Integer programming. I took Linear programming, Integer programming, Stochastic processes, simulations at the beginning. And I decided to take stochastic optimization as my research direction. So, I would recommend take the basic classes of both tracks before you choose. Once you jump in the pool, the feeling could be a lot different than what you expect. answered 13 Oct '16, 11:34 ksphil Thank you very much for the detailed answer. :)
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