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ERIC Number: EJ886051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
The FedEx Problem
Morrison, Kent
College Mathematics Journal, v41 n3 p222-232 May 2010
The original shipping strategy of FedEx was to fly all packages to a hub during the afternoon and evening, sort them there, and then fly them to their destinations overnight for delivery the next day. This leads to interesting mathematical questions: Given a population represented by points in Euclidean space or on a sphere, what is the location of the hub that minimizes the total distance to all the points? Is such a point unique? After answering these questions, we use census data from 2000 to examine how close the FedEx hub in Memphis is to the proper hub of the U.S. population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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