David B. Hertz

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David Bendel Hertz (c. 1919 June 13, 2011) [1] was an operations research practitioner and academic, known for various contributions to the discipline, and specifically, and more widely, [2] for pioneering the use of Monte Carlo methods in finance. He developed innovative modeling approaches for the solution of complex management issues. His earliest publications added insights to the industrial process of research and development. [3]

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Monte Carlo methods are used in corporate finance and mathematical finance to value and analyze (complex) instruments, portfolios and investments by simulating the various sources of uncertainty affecting their value, and then determining the distribution of their value over the range of resultant outcomes. This is usually done by help of stochastic asset models. The advantage of Monte Carlo methods over other techniques increases as the dimensions of the problem increase.

He was a professor at the University of Miami: distinguished professor of artificial intelligence, director of the UM Intelligent Computer Systems Research Institute and a professor of management science and law. [4] He served as TIMS President (1964), ORSA President (1974), and was a recipient of the Kimball Medal (1981). He was also a fellow of INFORMS (2002). [3] Previously, he had been a practicing lawyer, and a partner at McKinsey and Company and at Arthur Andersen Company. He was also a professor at Columbia University. He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II. [1] He was affectionately nicknamed "Cuz-Cuz" by his peers.

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He is published and cited in various journals on technology, management and operations research, and has authored several textbooks. His most widely cited papers include Electronics in Management (Management Science, February 1965), Risk Analysis in Capital Investment ( Harvard Business Review , January/February 1964) and Investment Policies That Pay Off ( Harvard Business Review , January/February 1968).

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He earned his BA (1939), BS (1940), and PhD (1949) at Columbia, as well as an MS from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School (1944) and a JD from New York University Law School (1984). [5] His PhD in Mathematics discussed "The Theory and Practice of Industrial Research". [6]

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  2. Aswath Damodaran: Probabilistic Approaches: Scenario Analysis, Decision Trees and Simulations
  3. 1 2 "David B. Hertz / Miser-Harris Presidential Portrait Gallery / History and Traditions / About INFORMS / IOL Home". INFORMS.org. 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  4. "Class Notes". Bus.miami.edu. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  5. Baker, E. and Plant, R.T., "A Profile of David Bendel Hertz". in Profiles in Operations Research, Arjang A. Assad and Saul I. Gass, editors. International Series in Operations Research and Management. Springer Publishing, (pp. 403-413) 2011
  6. David B. Hertz at the Mathematics Genealogy Project