Operations Research for Smart Automation
July 20th, 2020
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In this free and short course we show how to build a crawler that detects broken links in a website. We designed it to help us find broken links in our own DELTA LAB website, and figured other people will benefit from it as well, so we decided to make into a small free course. The task at hand is to go through every link in a website and keep track of those that come back as errors when visited, while keeping control of not going into external sites in a way that we end up crawling the whole internet.
Most humans have linear intuition and miss out the larger complexities behind systems all around us. We don't understand how a small change in a seemingly unrelated part of a system can have a big impact on another, and we don't see how these changes feed into each other to produce complex behaviors. The study of Dynamical Systems has been around since the 1910's and Systems Thinking has since the 1950's. In this post we go through what these disciplines are and real-world examples of the significant impact they can have on businesses.