A mathematical puzzle where you have to optimize a certain objective function (maximize profit, minimize cost).

A puzzle with strong mathematical contents, where you have to optimize a certain objective function. Standard goals are

  • to maximize the profit,

  • to minimize the cost,

  • to identify / analyze / describe the corresponding extremal situations.

Roughly speaking, optimization problems may be classified into

  • combinatorial (optimization concerning discrete scenarios)

  • continuous (optimization over the reals)

  • stochastic (optimization with probabilistic input)

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