Optimization is the branch of mathematics that calculates which decisions will give the most benefit from a limited resource. This technology is used in settings such as:

In the paired kidney donation context, the resource is the pool of donors, each willing to donate a kidney so that his/her incompatible loved one can receive a kidney. The decision is: which incompatible pair should be matched with which other incompatible pair? Some pairs could be matched with many different pairs. Instead of haphazardly choosing between these possible matches, using optimization to guide the choices could mean hundreds more patients per year will receive a kidney.

Importantly, the solution determined by Optimized Match can be proven to be the very best possible for any given criteria; no other decision about which pairs to match could ever be better.

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