Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms

ALGORITHMS feature centrally in operations research. Last night I watched this fun program by Marcus du Satuoy, with the title "The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms".

Professor du Sautoy discusses many things that we will meet in our course, such as the Travelling Salesman Problem and the Gale-Shapley algorithm for stable matching.

It is on BBC iPlayer for just 20 more days. I recommend that you catch it.

The program begins with the example of a face recognition algorithm.

"From internet shopping to the airport runway, algorithms are everywhere in modern life. They are behind the success of tech giants like Google, and have saved lives by matching kidney patients with donor organs. As if by magic these invisible, mathematical procedures give us fast, accurate answers to a range of complex problems."