What is optimization and how can it add value?
This extensive white paper describes the nature and purpose of optimization today, and considers the various types of optimization problems that can be solved with SAS/OR software. It also touches briefly on SAS optimization solutions, including the SAS Revenue Optimization Suite and SAS Service Parts Optimization. The paper includes introductory sections on how optimization models are built and solved, and the role of data and analytics in solving optimization problems. It then delves into the details of using SAS/OR software, including sections on the OPTMODEL language and procedures and sections on genetic algorithms and constraint programming. This paper was written specifically for operations research professionals who are interested in finding out how SAS can solve their challenges and what advantages SAS/OR software offers.