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CRPC researcher Jorge More and colleague Stephen Wright have released a comprehensive guide to the latest software that incorporates advancements in optimization theory. Entitled Optimization Software Guide, this book gives individuals with a basic knowledge of vector calculus and linear algebra a good introduction to various classes of optimization problems and a detailed look at the uses and specifications of more than 75 optimization software packages and libraries. The book is aimed at scientists and engineers that are interested in the application of optimization techniques to their areas of interest.

According to Klaus Schittkowski of the Mathemausches Institut, Universitaet Bavreuth, "This is the book for the busy man or woman who is looking for a piece of [optimization] software without having the time to learn everything about mathematical programming...The book should be on the desk of everybody who has to solve a practical optimization problem, e.g., in engineering sciences, operations research, and natural sciences."

The first section discusses algorithms for different classes of optimization problems. The second section goes into more detail about specific software for implementing these algorithms, including discussion about areas covered by a program, basic algorithms used, hardware/software environments requirements, vendors, and references. An appendix even provides information on how to access public domain optimization software on the Internet.

Part of the Frontiers in Applied Mathematics series from SIAM, this book can be obtained via email by sending a message to service@siam.org. By phone, call 800 -447-SIAM in the USA and 215-382-9800 from outside the USA.

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