In honor of Pride month, let’s focus on a subset of the LGBTQAIP+ spectrum: specifically those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, which we will simply refer to as LGB. In the past, the lowest estimates for the size of the LGB population were about 2% (with respect to the overall population) and the highest estimates were around 11%.

But these estimates came from simple surveys, and let’s face it, surveys always have bias. Especially those on “sensitive” topics. Nowadays, LGB+ identities are politicized, and it is not an exaggeration to say that crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and…


Doing Good with Good OR: Award Winning Research by Can Zhang

Every year, INFORMS holds a student paper competition, Doing Good with Good OR. This year’s award was given to Can Zhang from Georgia Institute of Technology. Here are the highlights from his research paper, “Truthful Mechanims for Medical Surplus Product Allocation.”

Even though American news commonly has stories about the high costs of insurance and medical bills, it is rare that you hear about the financial efficiency of the medical institutions themselves. How consciencious are hospitals with their use (or nonuse) and disposal of medical equipment? Just think of how many pairs of gloves a single doctor or nurse uses…


An introduction to Operations Research used for social good.

2015 Hajj. Photo Credit: Mosa’ab Elshamy

In my list of “worst ways to die”, I have never even considered death by trampling during a stampede. A human stampede, at that. Unfortunately, hundreds of lives have been tragically lost this way at what is supposed to be a peaceful, religious tradition every single year in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. During the last month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar, anywhere from 1 to 4 million Muslims participate in a religious pilgrimage called Hajj. Unfortunately, crowd control during Hajj has been so dire that there were deadly stampedes and other accidents almost every year from the years 1990 to 2006…

Tyler Perini

I am a PhD Candidate at Georgia Tech interested in how mathematics — operations research, data analytics, and much more — can be used for social good.

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