Math Optimizes Kidney Matches
By Murray Bourne, 09 Jun 2005
This is an interesting 'real-life' application.
There are currently about 90,000 patients waiting for a kidney donation in the US. Donated kidneys cannot be given to anyone who wants them - there are many factors in compatability, including physical distance between donor and recipient.
This article shows an interesting algorithm that has been developed to help the kidney donation process: Math Optimizes Kidney Matches.
This website has some examples and some interactive activities to demonstrate what it means: www.OptimizedMatch.com.
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