The Random Sample - Episode 2: A not-so secret linear programming paper: The story of Alison Harcourt

In 1960, an Australian mathematician named AG Doig co-authored a seminal paper in the field of linear programming. It was titled, "An Automatic Method for Solving Discrete Programming Problems."

This highly-cited paper created a tool that allowed computers to do something they were uniquely good at doing: solving optimisation problems. As computing has become more and more powerful, this tool has become widely used in transport logistics, shift rostering, and even to assist in cancer radiotherapy decisions.

 What no one knew at the time was that AG Doig was a woman!

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Kate Lowry

In this episode, ACEMS Chief Operating Officer Kate Lowry speaks with AG Doig, or as most people know her now, Alison Harcourt, about her life as a mathematics pioneer in Australia.

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