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Abacus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Accounting Forum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
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ADR Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
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Agronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
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American Journal of Medical Quality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
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Annual Review of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
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Arab Economic and Business Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Archives of Business Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Arena Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Argomenti. Rivista di economia, cultura e ricerca sociale     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ASEAN Economic Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Asia Pacific Business Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 321)
Asia Pacific Viewpoint     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
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Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asia-Pacific Management and Business Application     Open Access  
Asian Business Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asian Case Research Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Asian Development Review     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Asian Economic Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Asian Economic Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
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Asian Journal of Accounting and Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asian Journal of Business Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Asian Journal of Sustainability and Social Responsibility     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Technology Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Asian-pacific Economic Literature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
AStA Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistisches Archiv     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Australian Economic Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Australian Economic Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Balkan Region Conference on Engineering and Business Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Baltic Journal of Real Estate Economics and Construction Management     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Banks in Insurance Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
BBR - Brazilian Business Review     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Benchmarking : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Benefit : Jurnal Manajemen dan Bisnis     Open Access  
BER : Consumer Confidence Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
BER : Economic Prospects : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription  
BER : Economic Prospects : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Intermediate Goods Industries Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BER : Manufacturing Survey : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Motor Trade Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BER : Retail Sector Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Retail Survey : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Building and Construction : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Manufacturing : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Retail : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
BER : Trends : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Wholesale Sector Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Berkeley Business Law Journal     Free   (Followers: 10)
Bio-based and Applied Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biodegradation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Biology Direct     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Black Enterprise     Full-text available via subscription  
Board & Administrator for Administrators only     Hybrid Journal  
Border Crossing : Transnational Working Papers     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Briefings in Real Estate Finance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
British Journal of Industrial Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 49)
Brookings Trade Forum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
BRQ Business Research Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Building Sustainable Legacies : The New Frontier Of Societal Value Co-Creation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Bulletin of Economic Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin of the Dnipropetrovsk University. Series : Management of Innovations     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Business & Entrepreneurship Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Business & Information Systems Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Business & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Business : Theory and Practice / Verslas : Teorija ir Praktika     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Business and Economic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Business and Management Horizons     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Business and Management Research     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Business and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Business and Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Business and Professional Communication Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Business and Society Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Business Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Business Ethics: A European Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Business Horizons     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Business Information Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Business Management and Strategy     Open Access   (Followers: 43)
Business Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Business Strategy and the Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Business Strategy Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Business Strategy Series     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Business Systems & Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Business Systems Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Business, Management and Education     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Business, Peace and Sustainable Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bustan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cadernos EBAPE.BR     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cambridge Journal of Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59)
Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue Canadienne d`Economique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Canadian journal of nonprofit and social economy research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Capitalism and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Capitalism Nature Socialism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Case Studies in Business and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
CBU International Conference Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Central European Business Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Central European Journal of Operations Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Central European Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
CESifo Economic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Chain Reaction     Full-text available via subscription  
Challenge     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
China & World Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
China : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
China Economic Journal: The Official Journal of the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
China Economic Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
China Finance Review International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
China Nonprofit Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
China perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Chinese Economy     Full-text available via subscription  
Ciência & Saúde Coletiva     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
CLIO América     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cliometrica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
COEPTUM     Open Access  
Community Development Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Compensation & Benefits Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Competition & Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Competitive Intelligence Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Competitiveness Review : An International Business Journal incorporating Journal of Global Competitiveness     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Computational Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Computational Mathematics and Modeling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Computer Law & Security Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Computers & Operations Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contextus - Revista Contemporânea de Economia e Gestão     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Contributions to Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Corporate Communications An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Corporate Philanthropy Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Corporate Reputation Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Creative and Knowledge Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
CRIS - Bulletin of the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary Study     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuadernos de Administración (Universidad del Valle)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cuadernos de Economía     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cuadernos de Economia - Latin American Journal of Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cuadernos de Estudios Empresariales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Current Opinion in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
De Economist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Decision Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Decision Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Decision Support Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Defence and Peace Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
der markt     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
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Journal Cover Central European Journal of Operations Research
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   ISSN (Print) 1613-9178 - ISSN (Online) 1435-246X
   Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2354 journals]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Tibor Csendes; Csanád Imreh; József Temesi
      Pages: 739 - 741
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0482-y
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • State subsidy and moral hazard in corporate financing
    • Authors: Edina Berlinger; Anita Lovas; Péter Juhász
      Pages: 743 - 770
      Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of state subsidy on the behavior of the entrepreneur under asymmetric information. Several authors formulated concerns about state intervention as it can aggravate moral hazard in corporate financing. In the seminal paper of Holmström and Tirole (Q J Econ 112(3):663–691, 1997) a two-player moral hazard model is presented with an entrepreneur initiating a risky scalable project and a private investor (e.g. bank or venture capitalist) providing outside financing. The novelty of our research is that this basic moral hazard model is extended to the case of positive externalities and to three players by introducing the state subsidizing the project. It is shown that in the optimum, state subsidy does not harm, but improves the incentives of the entrepreneur to make efforts for the success of the project; hence in effect state intervention reduces moral hazard. Consequently, state subsidy increases social welfare which is defined as the sum of private and public net benefits. Also, the exact form of the state subsidy (ex-ante/ex-post, conditional/unconditional, refundable/nonrefundable) is irrelevant in respect of the optimal size and the total welfare effect of the project. Moreover, in case of nonrefundable subsidies state does not crowd out private investors; but on the contrary, by providing additional capital it boosts private financing. These results are mainly due to the special mechanism imbedded in our model by which the private investor is able to transform even the badly designed state subsidies into a success fee which is optimal from the incentive point of view.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0461-8
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Measuring centrality by a generalization of degree
    • Authors: László Csató
      Pages: 771 - 790
      Abstract: Network analysis has emerged as a key technique in communication studies, economics, geography, history and sociology, among others. A fundamental issue is how to identify key nodes, for which purpose a number of centrality measures have been developed. This paper proposes a new parametric family of centrality measures called generalized degree. It is based on the idea that a relationship to a more interconnected node contributes to centrality in a greater extent than a connection to a less central one. Generalized degree improves on degree by redistributing its sum over the network with the consideration of the global structure. Application of the measure is supported by a set of basic properties. A sufficient condition is given for generalized degree to be rank monotonic, excluding counter-intuitive changes in the centrality ranking after certain modifications of the network. The measure has a graph interpretation and can be calculated iteratively. Generalized degree is recommended to apply besides degree since it preserves most favourable attributes of degree, but better reflects the role of the nodes in the network and has an increased ability to distinguish among their importance.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0439-6
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Truck routing and scheduling
    • Authors: Csongor Gy. Csehi; Márk Farkas
      Pages: 791 - 807
      Abstract: The problem is part of a complex software solution for truck itinerary construction for one of the largest public road transportation companies in the EU. In practice a minor improvement on the operational cost per tour can decide whether a freight services company is profitable or not. Thus the optimization of routes has key importance in the operation of such companies. Given an initial location and an asset state one must be able to calculate a cost optimal itinerary containing all Point of Interests. Such an itinerary is an executable plan which exactly specifies the location and activity of an asset during the whole timespan of the itinerary. If parking places and gas stations are included in the planning then it is NP hard to find an optimal solution. This means that for long range tours an approximately optimal solution for refueling has to be given within an acceptable running time. Also the corridoring of the trucks is an important problem so that we try to optimize the performance, hence tours cannot be recalculated at each data arrival. The vehicle assignment part of this work is already finished and applied with very good results. The remaining part is subject of an ongoing research which started at January 2014. The company started to apply and test our product in the beginning of 2015 under increased human supervision. As a consequence of the project a large cost saving is anticipated by the company.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0453-8
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • The dynamic vehicle rescheduling problem
    • Authors: Balázs Dávid; Miklós Krész
      Pages: 809 - 830
      Abstract: The pre-planned schedules of a transportation company are often disrupted by unforeseen events. As a result of a disruption, a new schedule has to be produced as soon as possible. This process is called the vehicle rescheduling problem, which aims to solve a single disruption and restore the order of transportation. However, there are multiple disruptions happening over a “planning unit” (usually a day), and all of them have to be addressed to achieve a final feasible schedule. From an operations management point of view the quality of the final solution has to be measured by the combined quality of every change over the horizon of the “planning unit”, not by evaluating the solution of each disruption as a separate problem. The problem of finding an optimal solution where all disruptions of a “planning unit” are addressed will be introduced as the dynamic vehicle rescheduling problem (DVRSP). The disruptions of the DVRSP arrive in an online manner, but giving an optimal final schedule for the “planning unit” would mean knowing all information in advance. This is not possible in a real-life scenario, which means that heuristic solution methods have to be considered. In this paper, we present a recursive and a local search algorithm to solve the DVRSP. In order to measure the quality of the solutions given by the heuristics, we introduce the so-called quasi-static DVRSP, a theoretical problem where all the disruptions are known in advance. We give two mathematical models for this quasi-static problem, and use their optimal solutions to evaluate the quality of our heuristic results. The heuristic methods for the dynamic problem are tested on different random instances.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0478-7
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Evaluating the quality of online optimization algorithms by discrete event
    • Authors: Fabian Dunke; Stefan Nickel
      Pages: 831 - 858
      Abstract: A key feature of dynamic problems which offer degrees of freedom to the decision maker is the necessity for a goal-oriented decision making routine which is employed every time the logic of the system requires a decision. In this paper, we look at optimization procedures which appear as subroutines in dynamic problems and show how discrete event simulation can be used to assess the quality of algorithms: after establishing a general link between online optimization and discrete event systems, we address performance measurement in dynamic settings and derive a corresponding tool kit. We then analyze several control strategies using the methodologies discussed previously in two real world examples of discrete event simulation models: a manual order picking system and a pickup and delivery service.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0455-6
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • A preference-based multi-objective evolutionary algorithm R-NSGA-II with
           stochastic local search
    • Authors: Ernestas Filatovas; Algirdas Lančinskas; Olga Kurasova; Julius Žilinskas
      Pages: 859 - 878
      Abstract: Incorporation of a decision maker’s preferences into multi-objective evolutionary algorithms has become a relevant trend during the last decade, and several preference-based evolutionary algorithms have been proposed in the literature. Our research is focused on improvement of a well-known preference-based evolutionary algorithm R-NSGA-II by incorporating a local search strategy based on a single agent stochastic approach. The proposed memetic algorithm has been experimentally evaluated by solving a set of well-known multi-objective optimization benchmark problems. It has been experimentally shown that incorporation of the local search strategy has a positive impact to the quality of the algorithm in the sense of the precision and distribution evenness of approximation.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0443-x
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Optimal partisan districting on planar geographies
    • Authors: Balázs Fleiner; Balázs Nagy; Attila Tasnádi
      Pages: 879 - 888
      Abstract: We show that optimal partisan districting and majority securing districting in the plane with geographical constraints are NP-complete problems. We provide a polynomial time algorithm for determining an optimal partisan districting for a simplified version of the problem. In addition, we give possible explanations for why finding an optimal partisan districting for real-life problems cannot be guaranteed.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0454-7
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Solving generalized fuzzy data envelopment analysis model: a parametric
    • Authors: Ali Asghar Foroughi; Roohollah Abbasi Shureshjani
      Pages: 889 - 905
      Abstract: Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is a non-parametric technique to assess the performance of a set of homogeneous decision making units (DMUs) with common crisp inputs and outputs. Regarding the problems that are modelled out of the real world, the data cannot constantly be precise and sometimes they are vague or fluctuating. So in the modelling of such data, one of the best approaches is using the fuzzy numbers. Substituting the fuzzy numbers for the crisp numbers in DEA, the traditional DEA problem transforms into a fuzzy data envelopment analysis (FDEA) problem. Different methods have been suggested to compute the efficiency of DMUs in FDEA models so far but the most of them have limitations such as complexity in calculation, non-contribution of decision maker in decision making process, utilizable for a specific model of FDEA and using specific group of fuzzy numbers. In the present paper, to overcome the mentioned limitations, a new approach is proposed. In this approach, the generalized FDEA problem is transformed into a parametric programming, in which, parameter selection depends on the decision maker’s ideas. Two numerical examples are used to illustrate the approach and to compare it with some other approaches.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0448-5
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Treating measurement uncertainty in industrial conformity control
    • Authors: Zsolt T. Kosztyán; Csaba Hegedűs; Attila Katona
      Pages: 907 - 928
      Abstract: Every conformity control method based on measurements is subject to uncertainty, which distorts the decision. In the traditional conformity control approaches, this uncertainty is an inherent part of the deviation of the observed characteristic; however, the distribution of the real product characteristic may differ from the distribution of measurement uncertainty, which obscures the real conformity or nonconformity. The specification and consideration of this uncertainty are particularly necessary if it is high and/or the consequences associated with the decision errors are severe. This paper studies the effects of the cost structure associated with the decision outcomes and the skewness and kurtosis of the measurement uncertainty distribution. The proposed method can specify when and how the measurement uncertainty should be taken into account to increase the expected profit associated with the decision.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0469-8
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Empirical study of the improved UNIRANDI local search method
    • Authors: László Pál
      Pages: 929 - 952
      Abstract: UNIRANDI is a stochastic local search algorithm that performs line searches from starting points along good random directions. In this paper, we focus on a modified version of this method. The new algorithm, addition to the random directions, considers more promising directions in order to speed up the optimization process. The performance of the new method is tested empirically on standard test functions in terms of function evaluations, success rates, error values, and CPU time. It is also compared to the previous version as well as other local search methods. Numerical results show that the new method is promising in terms of robustness and efficiency.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0470-2
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Online algorithms with advice for the dual bin packing problem
    • Authors: Marc P. Renault
      Pages: 953 - 966
      Abstract: This paper studies the problem of maximizing the number of items packed into n bins, known as the dual bin packing problem, in the advice per request model. In general, no online algorithm has a constant competitive ratio for this problem. An online algorithm with 1 bit of advice per request is shown to be 3/2-competitive. Next, for \(0< \varepsilon < 1{/}2\) , an online algorithm with advice that is \((1/(1-\varepsilon ))\) -competitive and uses \({O}(1/\varepsilon )\) bits of advice per request is presented.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0450-y
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Parallel search paths for the simplex algorithm
    • Authors: Péter Tar; Bálint Stágel; István Maros
      Pages: 967 - 984
      Abstract: It is well known that the simplex method is inherently a sequential algorithm with little scope for parallelization. Even so, during the last decades several attempts were made to parallelize it since it is one of the most important algorithms for solving linear optimization problems. Such parallelization ideas mostly rely on iteration parallelism and overlapping. Since the simplex method goes through a series of basic solutions until it finds an optimal solution, each of them must be available before performing the next basis change. This phenomenon imposes a limit on the performance of the parallelized version of the simplex method which uses overlapping iterations. Another approach can be considered if we think about alternative paths on the n-dimensional simplex polyhedron. As the simplex method goes through the edges of this polyhedron it is generally true that the speed of convergence of the algorithm is not smooth. It depends on the actual part of the surface. If a parallel version of the simplex algorithm simultaneously goes on different paths on this surface a highly reliable algorithm can be constructed. There is no known dominating strategy for pivot selection. Therefore, one can try different pivot selection methods in parallel in order to guide the algorithm on different pathways. This approach can be used effectively with periodic synchronization on shared memory multi-core computing environments to speed up the solution algorithm and get around numerically and/or algorithmically difficult situations throughout the computations.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-016-0452-9
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • Basin Hopping Networks of continuous global optimization problems
    • Authors: Tamás Vinkó; Kitti Gelle
      Pages: 985 - 1006
      Abstract: Characterization of optimization problems with respect to their solvability is one of the focal points of many research projects in the field of global optimization. Our study contributes to these efforts with the usage of the computational and mathematical tools of network science. Given an optimization problem, a network formed by all the minima found by an optimization method can be constructed. In this paper we use the Basin Hopping method on well-known benchmarking problems and investigate the resulting networks using several measures.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0480-0
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2017)
  • On approximating the accelerator part in dynamic input–output models
    • Authors: Henryk Gurgul; Łukasz Lach
      Abstract: We release the limitations of previous studies and instead of setting the crucial parameters of the dynamic endogenous input–output model with layers of techniques on an arbitrary basis we propose a new optimization-based approach to approximating of the elements of capital matrices on the basis of recent historical data. Using recent IO data we first formally prove that in comparison to arbitrarily adjusted dynamic IO models the new theoretical approach allows one to obtain a significantly better fit to the historical data in the short-run. This result has also some implications for the long-run analyses as it suggests that using the new approach for typical empirical applications of dynamic IO models with respect to modelling future behavior of economies seems relatively much more reasonable. Having this remark in mind, in the empirical part of the paper we use the new methodological approach in a particular case study. In an illustrative empirical application we try to forecast the possible evolution of sectoral classification in the Polish economy over the next 40 years.
      PubDate: 2017-11-24
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0502-y
  • Fair emergency system design under uncertainty
    • Authors: Marek Kvet; Jaroslav Janáček
      Abstract: In host situations, a public service system is designed so that the average disutility is minimized. In this paper, we deal with a special member of a category of public service systems known as the emergency service system. Designers of this sort of service system must take into consideration not only the disutility of the average user, but also the disutility of the worst situated user. Optimization of the average user disutility relates to the large weighted p-median problem. The necessity of solving large instances has led to the approximate approach based on a radial formulation, which enables the solving of larger instances in admissible time and making use of a universal IP-solver. The p-median problem objective denoted as a min-sum criterion often causes a situation where the average user’s disutility is minimal, but the disutility of the worst situated user can nonetheless be extremely high, which is considered unfair. The objective of a fair emergency service system design is to minimize perceived disutility of the worst situated system users under various scenarios, where the model uncertainty is connected with randomly occurring events. In this paper, we focus on two different modelling techniques, which enables designing a fair emergency service system under uncertainty with minimal disutility perceived by the worst situated users. We also deal with processing uncertainty, which can be modelled either by a finite set of scenarios or using fuzzy values.
      PubDate: 2017-11-16
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0507-6
  • Exact solutions for the collaborative pickup and delivery problem
    • Authors: Margaretha Gansterer; Richard F. Hartl; Philipp E. H. Salzmann
      Abstract: In this study we investigate the decision problem of a central authority in pickup and delivery carrier collaborations. Customer requests are to be redistributed among participants, such that the total cost is minimized. We formulate the problem as multi-depot traveling salesman problem with pickups and deliveries. We apply three well-established exact solution approaches and compare their performance in terms of computational time. To avoid unrealistic solutions with unevenly distributed workload, we extend the problem by introducing minimum workload constraints. Our computational results show that, while for the original problem Benders decomposition is the method of choice, for the newly formulated problem this method is clearly dominated by the proposed column generation approach. The obtained results can be used as benchmarks for decentralized mechanisms in collaborative pickup and delivery problems.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0503-x
  • Building a completely positive factorization
    • Authors: Immanuel M. Bomze
      Abstract: A symmetric matrix of order n is called completely positive if it has a symmetric factorization by means of a rectangular matrix with n columns and no negative entries (a so-called cp factorization), i.e., if it can be interpreted as a Gram matrix of n directions in the positive orthant of another Euclidean space of possibly different dimension. Finding this factor therefore amounts to angle packing and finding an appropriate embedding dimension. Neither the embedding dimension nor the directions may be unique, and so many cp factorizations of the same given matrix may coexist. Using a bordering approach, and building upon an already known cp factorization of a principal block, we establish sufficient conditions under which we can extend this cp factorization to the full matrix. Simulations show that the approach is promising also in higher dimensions.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0499-2
  • Mapping of seismic parameters of the Iberian Peninsula by means of a
           geographic information system
    • Authors: J. L. Amaro-Mellado; A. Morales-Esteban; F. Martínez-Álvarez
      Abstract: In this paper, the following seismic parameters, the maximum recorded magnitude ( \(M_{max})\) , the Gutenberg–Ritcher b-value and the (normalized) mean seismic activity rate, AR, have been calculated for the Iberian Peninsula and surroundings. A geographic information system has been employed to compile all data, to work with different geographic systems and to generate the maps. An improved version of the National Geographic Institute of Spain earthquake catalog has been considered as input. Due to the detection network evolution and the extent of the territory, completeness values must be sectored to obtain reliable b-values and AR values. So, a previous work on regionalization has been considered. First, a working catalog has been elaborated. To do so, the size of some shocks through specific studies have been reviewed, magnitudes have been converted to moment magnitude ( \(M_{w})\) and dependent events have been removed. Second, for the b-value and the AR calculation a method that considers inhomogeneous catalogs, different magnitudes and various years of completeness has been employed. Also, different decluster parameters and various minimum number of events have been considered. Finally, to represent the values, a multi-resolution grid \((0.5^{{{\circ }}}\times 0.5^{{{\circ }}}\) , \(1^{{{\circ }}}\times 1^{{{\circ }}}\) and \(2^{{{\circ }}}\times 2^{{{\circ }}})\) has been deployed. The pictures obtained show the seismicity in the terms of size, stress-meter and frequency. The highest \(M_{max}\) has been obtained in the SW of the Iberian Peninsula with a marine epicenter. Regarding the b-value, in the contact boundary between the Africa and Eurasian plates this value is around 1.0 or minor. Contrariwise, in the mainland, values higher than 1.2 are predominant. Finally, the highest AR values are found in the SE of the Iberian Peninsula and remarkable values are also present in the NE.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0506-7
  • Government Formation Problem
    • Authors: Slobodan Jelić; Domagoj Ševerdija
      Abstract: In addition to the same political and ideological attitudes, members of political parties can be interconnected at private and/or professional levels. They are considered as a part of one large social network. After democratic elections, the total effectiveness and stability of a government may depend on expertness and cooperability of its members. Our main goal is not to give a mechanism for pre-elective government formation, but to propose a model that decides what can be a good subset of candidates for positions in the new government. The decision is based on expertness of candidates and their interconnections in the social network. Inspired by the Team Formation Problem in a social network, we present a Government Formation Problem. We prove that this problem is NP-hard and give an algorithm based on integer linear programming formulation. In the experimental part, we test our algorithm on simulated data using the Gurobi MILP solver.
      PubDate: 2017-11-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s10100-017-0505-8
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