## OIT 245: Optimization and Simulation Modeling

This course provides basic skills in quantitative modeling. The objective is to familiarize students with the main steps in an analytical approach to business decision making: constructing an abstract model for a relevant business problem, formulating it in a spreadsheet environment such as Microsoft Excel, and using the tools of optimization, Monte Carlo simulation and sensitivity analysis to generate and interpret recommendations. The class will be taught in a lab style, with short in-class exercises done in small teams, focusing on a variety of applications drawn from online advertising, healthcare, finance, supply chain management, revenue and yield optimization.

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| Units: 3

Instructors:
Saban, D. (PI)
;
Bimpikis, K. (SI)

## OIT 247: Optimization and Simulation Modeling - Accelerated

The course is aimed at students who already have a background or demonstrated aptitude for quantitative analysis, and thus are comfortable with a more rapid coverage of the topics, in more depth and breadth, than in
OIT 245.

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| Units: 3

Instructors:
Xu, K. (PI)
;
Whang, S. (SI)

## OIT 248: Optimization And Simulation Modeling - Advanced

This course constitutes an advanced option in the menu of classes satisfying the Management Perspectives requirement in Optimization and Simulation Modeling (OSM). The course is a superset of
OIT 245 and
OIT 247, starting with a very fast paced overview of basic concepts, and quickly diving into more advanced topics and software tools. By the end of the course, students should (1) leave with a good understanding of different types of optimization and simulation models and when they are useful; (2) be able to solve real-world models using up-to-date software; (3) when faced with a business problem, be able to identify what type of optimization model is appropriate, and how to set it up most efficiently; (4) be able to understand and discuss model outputs in a critical fashion. The class is taught in an interactive style, focusing on a variety of applications drawn from advertising, healthcare, finance, supply chain management, revenue management and pricing, scheduling, and risk management. We will be using Python as the basic software, complemented with suitable packages for formulating and solving optimization models (e.g., the Gurobi software) and for conducting Monte Carlo simulation. Students should be comfortable using these software packages by the end of the class, but no specific prior experience with these packages is necessary. Some prior coding experience is helpful, but is not a strict requirement for the course.

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| Units: 3

Instructors:
Iancu, D. (PI)
;
O'Hair, A. (SI)

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