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Rob Pratt
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Sr Manager, Advanced Analytics R&D

Rob Pratt has worked at SAS since 2000 and is a Senior Manager in the Operations Research department within SAS R&D's Advanced Analytics division. He manages a team of developers responsible for the optimization modeling language, constraint programming, project management, and discrete-event simulation. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics (with a second major in English) from the University of Dayton, and both an M.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Advanced Analytics
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Automated linearization in SAS Optimization

Linear programming (LP) and mixed integer linear programming (MILP) solvers are powerful tools. Many real-world business problems, including facility location, production planning, job scheduling, and vehicle routing, naturally lead to linear optimization models. Sometimes a model that is not quite linear can be transformed to an equivalent linear model to reduce

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Mathematical optimization at SAS

Note from Udo Sglavo on mathematical optimization: When data scientists look at the essence of analytics and wonder about their daily endeavor, it often comes down to supporting better decisions. Peter F. Drucker, the founder of modern management, stated: "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."