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Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Office: GL-258
(831) 656-1814
DSN: 756-1814
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David L. Alderson - Thesis Supervision

If you are thinking about working with me on a thesis, start with these guidelines. In general, I recommend that you use the following guide to organize your thoughts and writing.

  • Brown, Gerald G. 2004 "How To Write About Operations Research," PHALANX, Vol. 37, No. 3, p. 7.
  • Essentially, if you can answer Brown's "Five Questions", then you have a thesis topic.
  • For guidance on editing your writing, please have a look at How To Edit A Paper by Ned Dimitrov. Expect that I will ask you to go through the process described here before reading your drafts.

    When formatting a bibliography, we use the style shared by INFORMS and MORS, which is a variation on the "Chicago Style". The following documents are useful references:

  • INFORMS Sample Bibliography for the Author-Year Style References Format pdf
  • Military Operations Research (MOR) Journal Editorial Policy pdf
  • Finally, one of the best guides for content and style are the past theses with which I have been involved:


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