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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.

I reckon programming optimization and mathematical optimization are such different topics they deserve different entries. What do others think? --Robert Merkel