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Near-Optimal to Survive and Thrive

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Fall 10-1-2013


Since the 1940s, scientists and engineers have developed computer algorithms to efficiently identify the single optimal solutions to water, land, and other resource management problems. Managers rarely implement these optimal solutions. By instead exploring all the promising, near-optimal alternatives, we can discover numerous and varied strategies to survive, overcome, and thrive in the face of society’s most pressing resource problems.

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