Saturday, December 13, 2008

Practical applications of 1-medians

From Optimal Home Location:
Have you been looking across many different neighborhoods for a place to buy or rent? Have you been contemplating whether to buy closer to your job, your spouse's job or your kids' school? Do not worry - this is not a simple geometric triangulation but a centuries old mathematical problem. Optimal Home Location tool is synthesizing math algorithms and Google Maps together in order to pinpoint optimal home location for any commute scenario. It is easy to use and fun to play with. All you need to do it [sic] enter all the addresses your family routinely visits throughout the day and then click on the map icons to define commute route for each member of your family. The tool automatically computes optimal home location that will minimize total combined commute for all members of your family
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