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Abakós     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Abhandlungen aus dem Mathematischen Seminar der Universitat Hamburg     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Academic Voices : A Multidisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Accounting Perspectives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
ACM Transactions on Algorithms (TALG)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Acta Applicandae Mathematicae     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Mathematica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Acta Mathematica Hungarica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Acta Mathematica Scientia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acta Mathematica Sinica, English Series     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Acta Mathematica Vietnamica     Hybrid Journal  
Acta Mathematicae Applicatae Sinica, English Series     Hybrid Journal  
Advanced Science Letters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Advances in Calculus of Variations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Catalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Complex Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Computational Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Advances in Decision Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Difference Equations     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Fixed Point Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO)     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Linear Algebra & Matrix Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Materials Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Advances in Mathematical Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Advances in Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Advances in Numerical Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Operations Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Advances in Porous Media     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Pure and Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Advances in Pure Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Advances in Science and Research (ASR)     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Aequationes Mathematicae     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
African Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics and Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Afrika Matematika     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Air, Soil & Water Research     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
AKSIOMA Journal of Mathematics Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Al-Jabar : Jurnal Pendidikan Matematika     Open Access  
Algebra and Logic     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Algebra Colloquium     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Algebra Universalis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Algorithmic Operations Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Algorithms     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Algorithms Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Journal of Biostatistics     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
American Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
American Journal of Mathematical Analysis     Open Access  
American Journal of Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
American Journal of Operations Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
American Mathematical Monthly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
An International Journal of Optimization and Control: Theories & Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Analele Universitatii Ovidius Constanta - Seria Matematica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Analysis and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Analysis and Mathematical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Analysis Mathematica     Full-text available via subscription  
Annales Mathematicae Silesianae     Open Access  
Annales mathématiques du Québec     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Annales UMCS, Mathematica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Mathematica     Open Access  
Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Annals of Combinatorics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Annals of Data Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Annals of Discrete Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Annals of Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription  
Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Annals of Pure and Applied Logic     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University - Mathematics     Open Access  
Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Annals of West University of Timisoara - Mathematics     Open Access  
Annuaire du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Applications of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Applied Categorical Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Applied Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Applied Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Applied Mathematics & Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Applied Mathematics - A Journal of Chinese Universities     Hybrid Journal  
Applied Mathematics Letters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Applied Mathematics Research eXpress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Applied Network Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Applied Numerical Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Arab Journal of Mathematical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Arabian Journal of Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Archive for Mathematical Logic     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Archive of Applied Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Archive of Numerical Software     Open Access  
Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Arkiv för Matematik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Arnold Mathematical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Artificial Satellites : The Journal of Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asian Journal of Algebra     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Current Engineering & Maths     Open Access  
Asian-European Journal of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Australian Mathematics Teacher, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Automatic Documentation and Mathematical Linguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Axioms     Open Access  
Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication     Open Access  
Basin Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
BIBECHANA     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
BIT Numerical Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
BoEM - Boletim online de Educação Matemática     Open Access  
Boletim Cearense de Educação e História da Matemática     Open Access  
Boletim de Educação Matemática     Open Access  
Boletín de la Sociedad Matemática Mexicana     Hybrid Journal  
Bollettino dell'Unione Matematica Italiana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Bruno Pini Mathematical Analysis Seminar     Open Access  
Buletinul Academiei de Stiinte a Republicii Moldova. Matematica     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Bulletin des Sciences Mathamatiques     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Bulletin of Dnipropetrovsk University. Series : Communications in Mathematical Modeling and Differential Equations Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bulletin of the Brazilian Mathematical Society, New Series     Hybrid Journal  
Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society     Hybrid Journal  
Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations     Hybrid Journal  
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Carpathian Mathematical Publications     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Catalysis in Industry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CEAS Space Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CHANCE     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
ChemSusChem     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Chinese Annals of Mathematics, Series B     Hybrid Journal  
Chinese Journal of Catalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Journal of Mathematics     Open Access  
Clean Air Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Cogent Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cognitive Computation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Collectanea Mathematica     Hybrid Journal  
College Mathematics Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
COMBINATORICA     Hybrid Journal  
Combustion Theory and Modelling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Communications in Contemporary Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
Communications in Mathematical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Communications On Pure & Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Complex Analysis and its Synergies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Complex Variables and Elliptic Equations: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal  
Complexus     Full-text available via subscription  
Composite Materials Series     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Comptes Rendus Mathematique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Computational and Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Computational Complexity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Computational Mathematics and Modeling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Computational Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Computational Methods and Function Theory     Hybrid Journal  
Computational Optimization and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Computers & Mathematics with Applications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Concrete Operators     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Confluentes Mathematici     Hybrid Journal  
COSMOS     Hybrid Journal  
Cryptography and Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Cuadernos de Investigación y Formación en Educación Matemática     Open Access  
Cubo. A Mathematical Journal     Open Access  
Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Demonstratio Mathematica     Open Access  
Dependence Modeling     Open Access  
Design Journal : An International Journal for All Aspects of Design     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Developments in Clay Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Developments in Mineral Processing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Dhaka University Journal of Science     Open Access  
Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Discrete Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science     Open Access  
Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Dnipropetrovsk University Mathematics Bulletin     Open Access  
Doklady Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
Duke Mathematical Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Eco Matemático     Open Access  
Edited Series on Advances in Nonlinear Science and Complexity     Full-text available via subscription  
Electronic Journal of Differential Equations     Open Access  
Electronic Journal of Graph Theory and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Elemente der Mathematik     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Energy for Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Enseñanza de las Ciencias : Revista de Investigación y Experiencias Didácticas     Open Access  
Ensino da Matemática em Debate     Open Access  
Entropy     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
ESAIM: Control Optimisation and Calculus of Variations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of Combinatorics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Experimental Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Expositiones Mathematicae     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Facta Universitatis, Series : Mathematics and Informatics     Open Access  
Fasciculi Mathematici     Open Access  

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Journal Cover Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory
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   ISSN (Print) 1381-298X - ISSN (Online) 1572-9346
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  • Applicability and effectiveness of classifications models for achieving
           the twin objectives of growth and outreach of microfinance institutions
    • Authors: Manojit Chattopadhyay; Subrata Kumar Mitra
      Pages: 451 - 474
      Abstract: Measuring performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) is challenging as MFIs must achieve the twin objectives of outreach and sustainability. We propose a new measure to capture the performance of MFIs by placing their twin achievements in a 2 × 2 grid of a classification matrix. To make a dichotomous classification, MFIs that meet both their twin objectives are classified as ‘1’ and MFIs who could not meet their dual objectives simultaneously are designated as ‘0’. Six classifiers are applied to analyze the operating and financial characteristics of MFIs that can offer a predictive modeling solution in achieving their objectives and the results of the classifiers are comprehended using technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution to identify an appropriate classifier based on ranking of measures of performance. Out of six classifiers applied in the study, kernel lab-support vector machines achieved highest accuracy and lowest classification error rate that discriminates the best achievement of the MFIs’ twin objective. MFIs can use both these steps to identify whether they are on the right path to attaining their multiple objectives from their operating characteristics.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9237-x
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Simulating influenza pandemic dynamics with public risk communication and
           individual responsive behavior
    • Authors: Wei Zhong
      Pages: 475 - 495
      Abstract: Individual responsive behavior to an influenza pandemic has significant impacts on the spread dynamics of this epidemic. Current influenza modeling efforts considering responsive behavior either oversimplify the process and may underestimate pandemic impacts, or make other problematic assumptions and are therefore constrained in utility. This study develops an agent-based model for pandemic simulation, and incorporates individual responsive behavior in the model based on public risk communication literature. The resultant model captures the stochastic nature of epidemic spread process, and constructs a realistic picture of individual reaction process and responsive behavior to pandemic situations. The model is then applied to simulate the spread dynamics of 2009 H1N1 influenza in a medium-size community in Arizona. Simulation results illustrate and compare the spread timeline and scale of this pandemic influenza, without and with the presence of pubic risk communication and individual responsive behavior. Sensitivity analysis sheds some lights on the influence of different communication strategies on pandemic impacts. Those findings contribute to effective pandemic planning and containment, particularly at the beginning of an outbreak.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9238-9
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Managerial influence on attitude formation in organizations: how to manage
    • Authors: Peter van Woensel; Dick de Gilder; Peter van den Besselaar; Peter Groenewegen
      Pages: 496 - 523
      Abstract: The emergence of a shared attitude in organizations can be regarded as a self-organizing complex process in which a majority attitude emerges from the ensemble of interactions among individuals. Almost by definition, emerging processes seem beyond the control of management, which is in conflict with the task of management to steer an organization. By modeling the emergence of a shared attitude in organizations, we were able to demonstrate that management had a distinct influence on this process. Furthermore, the first round of interactions was decisive for the outcome. The key to influencing the emergence of a shared attitude is to reduce resistance against the preferred attitude. High levels of group conformity inhibited conversion to the preferred attitude. Although the emergence of a shared attitude can be influenced by management, there remains an intrinsic uncertainty in the outcomes of attitude development processes.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9239-8
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Integration decision-making in technology-sourcing cross-border
           M&As: a mathematical model
    • Authors: Feiqiong Chen; Yao Chen; Fangfang Zhong
      Pages: 524 - 545
      Abstract: Post-merger integration plays a key role in the success of mergers and acquisitions, but how to choose the appropriate integration mode to achieve potential synergies in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) still lacks widely accepted theoretical support and practical experience. Therefore, this article establishes a mathematical model considering the similarity and complementarity of resources in an attempt to explore the optimal integration strategy (including the choices of integration degree and autonomy granted to the target) under different conditions of resources similarity and complementarity, thus building a comprehensive framework that considers pre- and post-merger factors together to jointly explain innovation realization in technology-sourcing cross-border M&As. The results show that the higher the resource similarity, the higher the degree of integration and the lower the degree of target autonomy. Conversely, the higher the resource complementarity, the lower the degree of integration and the higher the degree of target autonomy. Resource similarity and resource complementarity have negative interactions for integration and target autonomy. The higher the resource similarity, the faster the convergence of optimal degree of integration, while the higher the resource complementarity, the slower the convergence. The study results add to our knowledge of M&A integration management, and provide some implication for practitioners.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9241-1
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Confidence levels based Pythagorean fuzzy aggregation operators and its
           application to decision-making process
    • Authors: Harish Garg
      Pages: 546 - 571
      Abstract: Pythagorean fuzzy set, an extension of the intuitionistic fuzzy set which relax the condition of sum of their membership function to square sum of its membership functions is less than one. Under these environment and by incorporating the idea of the confidence levels of each Pythagorean fuzzy number, the present study investigated a new averaging and geometric operators namely confidence Pythagorean fuzzy weighted and ordered weighted operators along with their some desired properties. Based on its, a multi criteria decision-making method has been proposed and illustrated with an example for showing the validity and effectiveness of it. A computed results are compared with the aid of existing results.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9242-8
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Operations research methods in political decisions: a case study on the
           European Parliament composition
    • Authors: Janusz Łyko; Radosław Rudek
      Pages: 572 - 586
      Abstract: In this paper, we show that operations research methods can be successfully applied to support decision-making in politics on the case study of the apportionment of seats in the European Parliament. The related political constraints and assumptions are quantitatively described and the optimization problem is formulated. On this basis, it is revealed that the current composition of the European Parliament as well as some intuitive propositions do not respect degressive proportionality as far as it was assumed. Nevertheless, our algorithm allows us to find better solutions, and among them, there is only one best allocation, which respects degressive proportionality as far as possible, according to the well known and often applied measures. Namely, over 9 thousands allocations consistent with the political requirement “nobody gains and nobody loses more than one” are referred to over 5.4 millions degressively proportional solutions, and only one allocation is revealed to be the best for all defined criteria under given populations of countries.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9243-7
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Garry Robins: Doing social network research: network-based research
           design for social scientists
    • Authors: Terrill L. Frantz
      Pages: 587 - 589
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9236-y
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • Nick Crossley, Elisa Bellotti, Gemma Edwards, Martin G. Everett, Johan
           Koskinen, and Mark Tranmer: Social network analysis for ego-nets
    • Authors: Terrill L. Frantz
      Pages: 590 - 593
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9240-2
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 4 (2017)
  • A computational consumer-driven market model: statistical properties and
           the underlying industry dynamics
    • Authors: Carlos M. Fernández-Márquez; Francisco Fatas-Villafranca; Francisco J. Vázquez
      Pages: 319 - 346
      Abstract: We present an agent-based market model in which social emulation by consumers and the adaptation of producers to demand play a significant role. Our theoretical approach considers boundedly-rational agents, heterogeneity of agents and product characteristics, and the co-evolution of consumers’ desires and firms’ adaptation efforts. The model reproduces, and allows us to interpret, statistical regularities which have been observed in the evolution of industrial sectors, and that seem to be also significant in the case of discretionary consumption activities. Thus, we suggest new determinants and explanations (from the consumer-side) for these stylized facts, and we obtain new theoretical patterns which may be of help to better understand the dynamics of discretionary goods markets. This model and results may contribute to guide future research on the field of consumer market.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9230-4
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 3 (2017)
  • Multivariate approximations to portfolio return distribution
    • Authors: Andrés Mora-Valencia; Trino-Manuel Ñíguez; Javier Perote
      Pages: 347 - 361
      Abstract: This article proposes a three-step procedure to estimate portfolio return distributions under the multivariate Gram–Charlier (MGC) distribution. The method combines quasi maximum likelihood (QML) estimation for conditional means and variances and the method of moments (MM) estimation for the rest of the density parameters, including the correlation coefficients. The procedure involves consistent estimates even under density misspecification and solves the so-called ‘curse of dimensionality’ of multivariate modelling. Furthermore, the use of a MGC distribution represents a flexible and general approximation to the true distribution of portfolio returns and accounts for all its empirical regularities. An application of such procedure is performed for a portfolio composed of three European indices as an illustration. The MM estimation of the MGC (MGC-MM) is compared with the traditional maximum likelihood of both the MGC and multivariate Student’s t (benchmark) densities. A simulation on Value-at-Risk (VaR) performance for an equally weighted portfolio at 1 and 5 % confidence indicates that the MGC-MM method provides reasonable approximations to the true empirical VaR. Therefore, the procedure seems to be a useful tool for risk managers and practitioners.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9231-3
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 3 (2017)
  • Generating and analyzing spatial social networks
    • Authors: Meysam Alizadeh; Claudio Cioffi-Revilla; Andrew Crooks
      Pages: 362 - 390
      Abstract: In this paper, we propose a class of models for generating spatial versions of three classic networks: Erdös-Rényi (ER), Watts-Strogatz (WS), and Barabási-Albert (BA). We assume that nodes have geographical coordinates, are uniformly distributed over an m × m Cartesian space, and long-distance connections are penalized. Our computational results show higher clustering coefficient, assortativity, and transitivity in all three spatial networks, and imperfect power law degree distribution in the BA network. Furthermore, we analyze a special case with geographically clustered coordinates, resembling real human communities, in which points are clustered over k centers. Comparison between the uniformly and geographically clustered versions of the proposed spatial networks show an increase in values of the clustering coefficient, assortativity, and transitivity, and a lognormal degree distribution for spatially clustered ER, taller degree distribution and higher average path length for spatially clustered WS, and higher clustering coefficient and transitivity for the spatially clustered BA networks.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9232-2
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 3 (2017)
  • A fuzzy approach to a municipality grouping model towards creation of
    • Authors: Víctor G. Alfaro-García; Anna M. Gil-Lafuente; Gerardo G. Alfaro Calderón
      Pages: 391 - 408
      Abstract: In recent years, a trend for accelerating the economic, social and environmental development of cities through associations, organization and creation of synergies has been identified. Our investigation applies a grouping model in order to identify municipalities that could create optimal synergies towards the construction of competitive advantages. In order to achieve this task, we use tools of Fuzzy Logic to evaluate subjective and qualitative characteristic elements of different municipalities under Galois’ group theory. Results conclude on 32 different groups ordered in 7 different levels, relating 12 municipalities of a specific region according to 8 competitive variables. This work seeks to shed light in the conformation of groups under uncertain conditions and the deep examination of the characteristic competitive elements in a specific region for further policy and decision-making processes.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9233-1
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 3 (2017)
  • A grey modeling procedure based on the data smoothing index for short-term
           manufacturing demand forecast
    • Authors: Che-Jung Chang; Jan-Yan Lin; Peng Jin
      Pages: 409 - 422
      Abstract: Product life cycles have become increasingly shorter because of global competition. Under fierce competition, the use of small samples to establish demand forecasting models is crucial for enterprises. However, limited samples typically cannot provide sufficient information; therefore, this presents a major challenge to managers who must determine demand development trends. To overcome this problem, this paper proposes a modified grey forecasting model, called DSI–GM(1,1). Specifically, we developed a data smoothing index to analyze the data behavior and rewrite the calculation equation of the background value in the applied grey modeling, constructing a suitable model for superior forecasting performance according to data characteristics. Employing a test on monthly demand data of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels and the monthly average price of aluminum for cash buyers, the proposed modeling procedure resulted in high prediction outcomes; therefore, it is an appropriate tool for forecasting short-term demand with small samples.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9234-0
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 3 (2017)
  • Opinion dynamics in multi-agent systems: selected analytic models and
           verifying simulations
    • Authors: Stefania Monica; Federico Bergenti
      Pages: 423 - 450
      Abstract: In this paper opinion dynamics in multi-agent systems is investigated analytically using a kinetic approach. Interactions among agents are interpreted as collisions among molecules in gases and opinion dynamics is described according to the Boltzmann equation. Starting from a microscopic description of single interactions, global properties of the opinion distribution are derived analytically. The proposed analytic model is general enough to allow reproducing features of real societies of agents, such as positive and negative influences and bounded confidence, which are typically used to study opinion distribution models. Analytic results relative to emergent and global characteristics of considered multi-agent systems are verified by simulations obtained via direct implementation of the proposed microscopic interactions rules. Simulations confirm analytic results.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-016-9235-z
      Issue No: Vol. 23, No. 3 (2017)
  • The underlying geometry of organizational dynamics: similarity-based
           social space and labor flow network communities
    • Authors: Hernan Mondani
      Abstract: In this article, we use Swedish longitudinal register data to study the effect that similarity in organizational properties has on the interaction between organizations. We map out the social space of large organizations in the Stockholm Region and the interplay between social distance and the network communities of employee movements between organizations. We firstly use homogeneity analysis to describe the dynamics of organizations in terms of the time evolution of their similarity. Our results show that most categorical variables are quite stable over time. Organizations linked through employee movement edges have a lower average distance in social space than non-linked organizations. Secondly, we look at network community dynamics in social space. Employee flows between organizations in different communities exhibit a so-called gravity law from spatial statistics, decaying more slowly than observed geographical networks, meaning that employees reach out regions of social space further than of physical space. Finally, the rate of change of distance in homogeneity space exhibits a statistical distribution similar to the ones found in various other growth processes in natural and man-made systems.
      PubDate: 2017-11-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9260-6
  • Evolutionary dynamics of two-actor VMI-driven supply chains
    • Abstract: The strategy of integration known as vendor-managed inventory (VMI), which allows the coordination of inventory policies between producers and buyers in supply chains, has long been considered a strategy for inventory cost reduction. Although the literature acknowledges the importance of understanding the dynamics of VMI implementation through evolutionary games, research in this topic still remains scarce. This paper studies the dynamics of strategic interaction of a producer–buyer supply chain under a newly developed VMI scheme, which makes use of a synchronization mechanism between the buyer and the producer replenishment cycles. By using this alternative VMI representation, we obtain the mathematical conditions that determine the degree of stability of evolutionarily stable strategies. As other evolutionary game theoretical approaches, we also find a lower bound for penalty costs that ensures a VMI contract, but most importantly, we also find how a VMI implementation might depend on the difference between production and demand rates, regardless of any penalty costs.
      PubDate: 2017-09-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9259-z
  • Using realistic trading strategies in an agent-based stock market model
    • Authors: Bàrbara Llacay; Gilbert Peffer
      Abstract: The use of agent-based models (ABMs) has increased in the last years to simulate social systems and, in particular, financial markets. ABMs of financial markets are usually validated by checking the ability of the model to reproduce a set of empirical stylised facts. However, other common-sense evidence is available which is often not taken into account, ending with models which are valid but not sensible. In this paper we present an ABM of a stock market which incorporates this type of common-sense evidence and implements realistic trading strategies based on practitioners literature. We next validate the model using a comprehensive approach consisting of four steps: assessment of face validity, sensitivity analysis, calibration and validation of model outputs.
      PubDate: 2017-08-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9258-0
  • The efficiency of microfinance institutions with problem loans: A
           directional distance function approach
    • Authors: Debdatta Pal; Subrata K. Mitra
      Abstract: This article examines the question of whether the inclusion of problem loans leads to any variation in the technical efficiency of microfinance institutions (MFIs). This question has become pertinent as MFIs, which are well known for their excellent asset quality, have been vulnerable to a delinquency crisis worldwide. Traditionally, the efficiency of MFIs has been measured through non-parametric data envelopment analysis (DEA) or parametric stochastic frontier analysis. As both methods are not flexible enough to cover undesirable outputs, we have instead used the method of directional distance function (DDF) that accounts for the joint production of both desirable and undesirable outputs. Using data from 64 large MFIs, this study reveals corroborative evidence that, with the inclusion of at-risk portfolios as undesirable outputs in the efficiency analysis, the scores and rankings of sample MFIs differ significantly from the results of conventional DEA after the use of DDF. MFIs whose numbers of at-risk portfolios are comparatively high have exhibited lower efficiency scores and vice versa. It is therefore critical that MFIs also include problem loans in their efficiency assessment. This would help MFIs get a more accurate picture of their performance as compared to their peers.
      PubDate: 2017-08-14
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9257-1
  • Realizing the effects of trust and personality in cross functional teams
           using ANFIS classification framework
    • Authors: R. Krishankumar; K. S. Ravichandran
      Abstract: Social behaviors are an integral part of team building. In this context, we propose a novel classification model that chooses an optimal classifier from the pool of classifiers for predicting the overall performance (OP). Secondly, the chosen classifier is used to investigate the impact of trust and personality on OP. To achieve these goals a pilot study with real time data from 442 respondents are collected from cross functional teams (CFTs) in India using an E-Questionnaire system. The results indicate that the adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) method is an optimal classifier (A = 89.14%) with respect to other classifiers. We also infer that the predictors, trust and personality are most suitable for predicting OP with a direct relationship to OP and play an indispensable role; as a catalyst; for boosting OP.
      PubDate: 2017-07-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9256-2
  • Mining online communities to inform strategic messaging: practical methods
           to identify community-level insights
    • Authors: Matthew Benigni; Kenneth Joseph; Kathleen M. Carley
      Abstract: The ability of OSNs to propagate civil unrest has been powerfully observed through the rise of the ISIS and the ongoing conflict in Crimea. As a result, the ability to understand and in some cases mitigate the effects of user communities promoting civil unrest online has become an important area of research. Although methods to detect large online extremist communities have emerged in literature, the ability to summarize community content in meaningful ways remains an open research question. We introduce novel applications of the following methods: ideological user clustering with bipartite spectral graph partitioning, narrative mining with hash tag co-occurrence graph clustering, and identifying radicalization with directed URL sharing networks. In each case we describe how the method can be applied to social media. We subsequently apply them to online Twitter communities interested in the Syrian revolution and ongoing Crimean conflict.
      PubDate: 2017-06-20
      DOI: 10.1007/s10588-017-9255-3
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