Saturday, January 04, 2014

Mind and Machine - logistics

Unhappy Truckers & Other Algorithmic Problems - Nautilus: The scheduling problem.

"Powell’s biggest revelation in considering the role of humans in algorithms, though, was that humans can do it better. “I would go down to Yellow, we were trying to solve these big deterministic problems. We weren’t even close. I would sit and look at the dispatch center and think, how are they doing it?” That’s when he noticed: They are not trying to solve the whole week’s schedule at once. They’re doing it in pieces. “We humans have funny ways of solving problems that no one’s been able to articulate,” he says. Operations research people just punt and call it a “heuristic approach.”"

  Machine optimisation vs the controller.

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