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Handbook of Constraint Programming by Toby Walsh, Peter van Beek, Francesca Rossi

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Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 2, Suppl. (C), 2006

ISSN: 1574-6526

doi: 10.1016/S1574-6526(06)80019-2

Chapter 15 Operations Research Methods in Constraint Programming

John N. Hooker

A number of operations research (OR) methods have found their way into constraint programming (CP). This development is entirely natural, since OR and CP have similar goals.

OR is essentially a variation on the scientific practice of mathematical modeling. It describes phenomena in a formal language that allows one to deduce consequences in a rigorous way. Unlike a typical scientific model, however, an OR model has a prescriptive as well as a descriptive purpose. It represents a human activity with some freedom of choice, rather than a natural process. ...

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