This work looks at about 60 years of literature from the fields of operations research and management science. We obtained abstracts from over 80,000 publications and modeled the scientific content of these publications, stratified by journal, topic, and time. This allowed us to understand how the content of the fields of OR/MS has changed over the years, i.e., what topics are growing, fading, changing, etc.
This was an unfunded side-project with two fellow grad students that grew out of a conversation at a cafe one morning. It has grown into a very interesting project with many possibilities for future work, including an interactive model viewing platform, using this analysis for understanding and guiding these fields, as well as undertanding topic modeling at a deeper level.
Gatti CJ, Brooks JD, and Nurre SG, 2015.
A Historical Analysis of the Field of OR/MS using Topic Models.