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Operations research is a discipline focused on the application of advanced analytical techniques to decision making for businesses, including forecasting, resource allocation, supply chain management, distribution and pricing. Through the adaptation of concepts from economics, game theory, probability, statistics, computer science and other fields, in addition to the use of analytical methods such as modeling, optimization and simulation, operations research provides the tools needed to solve a variety of problems that arise in an industrial setting.