Two (kinda) obvious "places" to start with:
Indeed, O.R. is way too broad for a simple answer to that question.
Personaly, I enjoyed a lot two articles authored by John N. Hooker that I think should be mandatory for any O.R. professional:
As for specific topics, I would point the following authors for their effort on writting review papers/books or developing general-purpose models:
In what comes to my topic of research (mainly CP), I think that Bart Selman and Carla Gomes have been doing great research for the past decade or two.
Gerald Brown's opinion on this subject can be found in the report, "How to Write About Operations Research"
answered 27 Nov '11, 19:12
I personally like OResearchers that really can transfer their knowledge through their writings, beacuse listing technical details and research findings is the easiest thing to do. They usually offer simple tips derived from their experience and explain briefly -yet completely- complicated ideas.
The first name that comes to mind is Michel Gendreau.
His chapter about "Tabu Search" (co-writer Jean-Yves Potvin) in "Handbook of Metaheuristics" (2010) follows exactly the writing style I am talking about.
He explains TS principles in a very concise way and as for the small tips pointing important concepts, here are some examples:
"Thus, choosing a search space and a neighborhood structure is by far the most critical step in the design of any TS heuristic. It is at this step that one must make the best use of the understanding and knowledge he/she has of the problem at hand."
"Before closing this section, we would like to stress that ensuring proper search diversiﬁcation is possibly the most critical issue in the design of TS heuristics. It should be addressed with extreme care fairly early in the design phase and revisited if the results obtained are not up to expectations."
In the same chapter there is also a section that focuses on this tutorial fashion writing:
2.7 Tricks of the Trade
Newcomers to TS trying to apply the method to a problem that they wish to solve are often confused about what they need to do to come up with a s uccessful imple-mentation. This section is aimed at providing s ome help in this regard.
answered 29 Nov '11, 15:38
answered 24 Nov '11, 04:59
Your question is too broad, there are so many clever people writing good stuff, I don't think you will get a decent answer unless you specify a sub-area.
answered 23 Nov '11, 18:35
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