Oct 16, 2018
Fans of baseball, and more and more often managers and general managers of professional baseball teams, are known for their interest in statistics, and also for making inference on probabilities of future events given statistics summarizing historical occurrence (although they might not think about this in exactly these terms!). This is an adoption of the frequentist interpretation of probability.
Jul 23, 2018
Modern last-mile logistics systems are more and more frequently configured to provide rapid order fulfillment directly to consumers. The fastest are the same-day delivery systems, which promise that e-commerce orders received by a deadline during a day are delivered by the end of the same day (or, in some cases, within a few hours).
Apr 2, 2018
For the past few years, I have collaborated with my faculty colleague Martin Savelsbergh and Ph.D. students on work with Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food ordering company. One service that Grubhub provides is food delivery, and they use a fleet of delivery people (couriers) that pickup orders from restaurants and deliver them to hungry consumers. This fleet is comprised of individual contractors. Some couriers work preassigned shifts with minimum work (earnings) guarantees, while other ad hoc couriers sign on like Lyft or Uber drivers when they have time to make food deliveries for Grubhub.
Mar 16, 2018
Today, I completed a bit more work on this new website, which now runs with Jekyll. To get a publication list up-and-running, I discovered the Jekyll Scholar plugin, which provides support for citations and bibliographies using the BibTex format within the Jekyll static website environment. There are ways to modify a standard BibTex bibliography to also be useful as an academic publication list, but it requires “some doing”.
Jan 18, 2018
I’m not an expert in global trade, but it is worth thinking a bit about the basic economics these days. For decades, the United States has led the world in a movement toward fewer trade restrictions, but it certainly appears that protectionism and trade restraints are now the political fashion here. What will be the result?
Jan 17, 2018
So, for a fun snow day activity, I decided to update my Georgia Tech website using Jekyll. My goal was to create a site that I could update a bit more easily using a variant of Markdown, which I suppose is a bit easier to learn than full HTML. A nice feature of Jekyll is that it is “blog-aware”, which means it is easy to incorporate a nice weblog into your website design. Jekyll also powers Github Pages, which can host your website for free and is useful to teach your students about.