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Title: Promoting Operations Research education using a new web - accessible didactic tool
Authors: Baloukas, Thanasis
Paparrizos, Konstantinos
Sifaleras, Angelo
Editors: Preda, Vasile
Sburlan, Silviu
Stefanescu, Anton
Batatorescu, Anton
Type: Conference Paper
Subjects: FRASCATI::Natural sciences::Mathematics::Applied Mathematics
FRASCATI::Natural sciences::Computer and information sciences
Keywords: Operation Research Education
Network Optimization
Issue Date: 25-May-2005
First Page: 393
Last Page: 398
Volume Title: Proceedings of the 7th Balkan Conference on Operational Research (BALCOR 2005)
Abstract: The scope of this work is to present a new tool with clear didactic orientation, which will serve as a complementary means in teaching graphs algorithms. The proposed educational software can be used in courses like "Network Optimization" or "Graph Theory" and has been implemented using the Java Programming language. This Java applet is freely available, platform independent and highly interactive. The most important feature is that it is Web - accessible and can be used from any remote place, through a common Internet browser. It is a friendly application, for the Operations Research Scientist, as also for the novice student. It features visualizations of the Depth First Search (DFS), Breadth First Search (BFS), algorithms for determining graph connectivity (strong or not), topological ordering and the Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm. Furthermore, its use is analytically shown through an illustrative example. Benefits and drawbacks are thoroughly described in order to support the significance of this tool in Operations Research education and also possible future work is discussed.
ISBN: 973-86979-7-2
Appears in Collections:Department of Applied Informatics

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