This past week, I contemplated a number of math modeling applications for
publication here. Ultimately, I decided to instead write about my *approach* to
implementing math models, specifically in cases where Python’s `itertools`

package can work its magic. The `itertools`

package is part of the
Python standard library
which is itself enormous. Tack on all the high-quality 3rd-party
math packages (e.g. `numpy`

, `pyomo`

, etc.), and finding the *best* tool
for the job often requires more effort than simply using the tools you already
know. This post is a little bit about prefacing future math modeling posts,
but is mostly geared toward expanding your arsenal at a low investigative
cost.