Optimization is a general term for maximizing or minimizing a particular statistic. In computer programming, the statistic that is usually of interest is the execution time or memory requirements of a computer program. See software optimization. In mathematics, it is usually the value of a particular function. See mathematical optimization.
This stuff needs to be split out into the two separate articles.
- game theory
- compilers for programming languages
- operations research
- fuzzy logic genetic algorithm
- linear programming mathematical programming
- variational inequality
- mixed complementarity
I reckon programming optimization and mathematical optimization are such different topics they deserve different entries. What do others think? --Robert Merkel