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Statistics in sports plays a key role in predicting winning strategies and providing objective performance indicators. Despite the growing interest in recent years in using statistical methodologies in this field, less emphasis has been given to the multivariate approach. This work aims at using the Bayesian networks to model the joint distribution of a set of indicators of players’ performances in basketball in order to discover the set of their probabilistic relationships as well as the main determinants affecting the player’s winning percentage. From a methodological point of view, the interest is to define a suitable model for non-Gaussian data, relaxing the strong assumption on normal distribution in favour of Gaussian copula. Through the estimated Bayesian network, we discovered many interesting dependence relationships, providing a scientific validation of some known results mainly based on experience. At last, some scenarios of interest have been simulated to understand the main determinants that contribute to rising in the number of won games by a player.
 
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COVID-19 led restrictions make it imperative to study how pandemic affects the systemic risk profile of global commodities network. Therefore, we investigate the systemic risk profile of global commodities network as represented by energy and nonenergy commodity markets (precious metals, industrial metals, and agriculture) in pre- and post-crisis period. We use neural network quantile regression approach of Keilbar and Wang (Empir Econ 62:1–26, 2021) using daily data for the period 01 January 2018–27 October 2021. The findings suggest that at the onset of COVID-19, the two firm-specific risk measures namely value at risk and conditional value of risk explode pointing to increasing systemic risk in COVID-19 period. The risk spillover network analysis reveals moderate to high lower tail connectedness of commodities within each sector and low tail connectedness of energy commodities with the other sectors for both pre- and post-COVID-19 periods. The Systemic Network Risk Index reveals an abrupt increase in systemic risk at the start of pandemic, followed by gradual stabilization. We rank commodities in terms of systemic fragility index and observe that in post COVID-19 period, gold, silver, copper, and zinc are the most fragile commodities while wheat and sugar are the least fragile commodities. We use Systemic Hazard Index to rank commodities with respect to their risk contribution to global commodities network. During post COVID-19 period, the energy commodities (except natural gas) contribute most to the systemic risk. Our study has important implications for policymakers and the investment industry.
 
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The goal of this paper is to examine the effect of high liquidity creation on systemic risk. We use a hand-collected dataset on 94 banks from 16 Western European countries over the 2004–2020 period, including the crisis (2008–2009) period and sound periods (2004–2007 and 2010–2020). We assess banks’ systemic risk using two different proxies: banks’ systemic risk exposure, measured by the marginal expected shortfall (MES), and banks’ systemic risk contribution, measured by the delta conditional value at risk (ΔCoVaR). Based on panel regressions, our results mainly show that, during calm periods, high liquidity creation is associated with high systemic risk exposure. Moreover, we show that the effect of liquidity creation on banks’ systemic risk exposure is stronger during turmoil periods. Interestingly, our results show that banks’ liquidity creation increases the systemic contribution only during the financial crisis of 2008–2009. Our findings contribute to the literature and the regulatory debate by suggesting that regulators should pay more attention to high liquidity-creating banks as they may cause aggregate financial fragility.
 
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We contribute to the literature on statistical robustness of risk measures by computing the index of qualitative robustness for risk measures based on utility functions. This problem is intimately related to finding the natural domain of finiteness and continuity of such risk measures.
 
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We consider the problem of scheduling a set of direct deliveries between a depot and multiple customers using a given heterogeneous truck fleet. The trips have time windows and weights, and they should be completed as soon after release as possible (minimization of maximum weighted flow time). Moreover, some trips can optionally be combined in predefined milk runs (i.e., round trip tours), which need not be linear combinations of the constituent direct trips, accounting, e.g., for consolidation effects because the loading dock needs to be approached only once. This problem has applications, e.g., in just-in-time, humanitarian, and military logistics. We adapt a mixed-integer programming model from the literature to this problem and show that deciding feasibility is NP-complete in the strong sense on three levels: assigning trips to trucks, selecting milk runs, and scheduling trips on each individual truck. We also show that, despite this complexity, a state-of-the-art constraint programming solver and a problem-specific approach based on logic-based Benders decomposition can solve even large instances with up to 175 trips in many cases, while the mixed-integer programming model is essentially unsolvable using commercial optimization software. We also investigate the robustness of the maximum flow time objective in the face of unforeseen delays as well as the influence of milk runs.
 
Conceptual model
Path coefficients of determinants on MSMEs’ intention to adopt BCT-SCM
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Supply chain (SC) digitalization has become a new trend in the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Blockchain technology (BCT) is a cutting-edge innovation that many supply chain management (SCM) professionals have already adopted. Although studies on BCT have yielded some findings, they do not provide sufficient discussion regarding BCT adoption in SCs among MSMEs. Moreover, the determinants and effects of BCT adoption on SCM among MSMEs remain unclear. This study aims to bridge these gaps by helping understand individual BCT adoption in the SC domain in Chinese MSMEs. Using the technology-organization-environment (TOE) framework, this study examines the effects of BCT, organizational, and environmental contexts on BCT adoption in MSMEs’ SCs. The findings reveal that cost saving, complexity, relative advantage, top management support, SC cooperation, and government support positively affect BCT adoption in SCM. Whereas, compatibility, technological readiness, financial readiness, and competitive pressure had no significant impact on BCT adoption in SCM among MSMEs in China.
 
An example of rescheduling schedule (E1: emergency surgery)
An example of calculating balance time
Comparison between the proposed heuristic algorithm and intelligent algorithm (H0:objectivefunctionvalues/runningtimeofproposedheuristicalgorithm;GA:objectivefunctionvalues/runningtimeofGAalgorithm;GA-H:objectivefunctionvalues/runningtimeofHybridalgorithmbasedonGAalgorithmandH0)
Comparison between the Poisson (PS) process and the non-homogeneous (NH) process
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How to improve the efficiency of operating rooms (ORs) has always been a challenging problem in the context of healthcare operations management. This paper focuses on the research of operating room scheduling under non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) mechanism, in the presence of the uncertainty of emergency arrivals. In particular, we examine the advantages of the NORA mechanism compared with traditional surgical anesthesia practice under different operating room settings. Operationally, the process is comprised of two stages: (1) initial scheduling and (2) rescheduling. In the first stage, the initial schedule for elective surgery under NORA is first formed through our developed model. With experiments, it is shown that for different operating room settings, the NORA mechanism can significantly improve the operating room utilization in comparison with the traditional OR anesthesia process. In the second rescheduling stage, our experiment results show that the rescheduling model can effectively address the disruptions caused by the random arrival of emergency patients.
 
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Because of the global competition of greenhouses and the importance of the global food safety, designing higher yield and efficiency greenhouse systems becomes a hot spot problem. A greenhouse designed for industrial head lettuce production not only can increase yield by using A-Frame systems, but can also improve efficiency through an operation process of alleviating human labor by machines. However, the facility layout problem (FLP) of greenhouse with complex crop production system and multi machines was always ignored in the past decades. In order to maximize production capacity and efficiency, the FLP of greenhouse should be considered as an essential section at the conceptual design phase. To overcome these problems, a framework integrating systematic layout planning (SLP) and simulation is proposed to design and evaluate facility layout in greenhouses. When applying the framework to the facility layout for industrial head lettuce production, we can get the optimal layout plan which lead to a daily production of 7752 head lettuces within about 98 min in a greenhouse of 14,784 m² and an efficiency improvement of 67.31% compared with another initial layout plan. These research results can help the designer find a more effective layout and the managers to support decisions before greenhouse construction.
 
The proposed decision framework utilising SMCDM, BWM, and TOPSIS
The graph of events and the resulting possible scenarios
The graph for five events and the resulting possible scenarios
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Organisations need to develop long-term strategies to ensure they incorporate innovation for environmental sustainability (IES) to remain competitive in the market. This can be challenging given the high level of uncertainty regarding the future (e.g., following the COVID pandemic). Supplier selection is an important decision that organisations make and can be designed to support IES. While the literature provides various criteria in the field of IES strategies, it does not identify the criteria which can be utilised to assist organisations in their supplier selection decisions. Moreover, the literature in this field does not consider uncertainty related to the occurrence of possible future events which may influence the importance of these criteria. To address this gap, this paper develops a novel criteria decision framework to assist supplier evaluation in organisations, taking into consideration different events that may occur in the future. The framework that combines three decision-making methods: the stratified multi-criteria decision-making method, best worst method, and technique for order of preference by similarity to ideal solution. The framework, proposed in this paper, can also be adopted to enable effective and sustainable decision making under uncertainty in various fields.
 
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The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) coordinated 515 different shipments (2,420,258 km in total) from six UNHRD depots to 88 different countries to provide a 27,343 m³ volume of products in 2018. The main purpose of the proposed study is to investigate the current distribution plan and identify the potential improvements using operations research techniques. Maximization of the number of covered people, minimization of the traveled distance, and also analyzing the necessity of the response depots are the problems that need to be addressed for UNHRD. Several methods are applied to the UNHRD network for the first time in the literature, and it is aimed to provide a practical solution considering reductions in total distance, time, and cost. To achieve this, three different location-allocation models are devised and deployed on the real UNHRD distribution network, including maximum coverage, P-median, and set covering. As a result of utilizing the P-median model, the total traveled distance is reduced by 58%, and the most significant depots are identified as Accra and Dubai under various distance limitations using the maximum coverage and set covering models. When it comes to the application and managerial implications of the proposed study, the biggest part of demand was supplied by the Dubai depot before the P-median application, and the Accra depot now has the biggest part. Therefore, it is required to increase the volume of the Accra depot. In addition, Accra Depot is preferred 28 times according to the maximum covered model application, with 6 different coverage limits. From this point of view, it is necessary to have efficient and effective planning for the Accra depot in particular. With the set covering method, it is demonstrated the minimum and maximum ranges to serve demand points with the number of the opened depot(s). The most important contribution of the paper to the literature is to address and improve a real humanitarian aid logistics problem using well-known location-allocation models. The study provides a better understanding of the system to have advanced managerial insight by considering the UNHRD logistic network.
 
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This paper aims to investigate the impact of blockchain application on trust levels in supply chains. Through the systematic review of the relevant literature, three dimensions of trust, i.e., the trustor–trustee perspective, forms of trust, and time orientation, are investigated. Our findings show that, first, there are three pairs of trustors and trustees involved in blockchain implementation: (a) the user and the blockchain, (b) two supply chain partners, and (c) the consumer/public and a supply chain unit. Second, the two forms of trust, namely cognition-based and institution-based trust, are likely to be enhanced by blockchain execution, while affect-based trust may not be directly impacted by the technology. Third, the presence of blockchain technology would facilitate swift trust-building between unknown supply chain partners under specific circumstances. Moreover, we also find contradicting assertions among scholars on the implications of blockchain for trust in supply chains. While some studies pointed out that blockchain will enable a trustless trusted scheme, others expected the reinforcement of interorganizational trust. To test these assertions, we develop the blockchain-entrusted supply chain models to present the three-step process of how trust is developed through the blockchain and diffused to supply chain partners and external stakeholders.
 
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It is widely recognized that limited attention capacity of individual investors affects stock performance. We construct five aggregate investor attention indices for each stock by extracting common information components related to stock returns from various attention proxies using equal-weighted (EW), principal component analysis (PCA), partial least squares (PLS), gradient boosting decision tree (GBDT), and random forest (RF) methods. In a sample of all Shanghai Stock Exchange 50 constituent stocks, we identify two attention indices constructed by machine learning algorithms, RF and GBDT, that provide economically meaningful enhanced prediction of stock returns in both in-sample and out-of-sample periods. Moreover, these indices are negatively related to return volatility. Results suggest the utility of using machine-learning to form proxies of investor attention and reveal the excellent forecasting power of these proxies in asset pricing.
 
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Pelvic fracture is a severe trauma and is often seen in the traffic accidents, which are associated with complications or multiple injuries. Surgery is the main treatment for patients with serious conditions, while conservative treatment is adopted for older or minor-illness patients. Surgery resources, such as doctors, nurses, and operating rooms, are shared by all pelvic fracture patients. From the perspective of patient state, this paper divides patients who require surgery into two types, convalescent patients and scheduled patients. Convalescent patients’ life states are always unstable, and they require recovery time to meet the condition of surgery. The recovery time is usually stochastic due to different patient situations. Scheduled patients have stable life states, and the pelvic fracture surgical plan is scheduled days or weeks in advance. Considering the characteristics of the two types of patients, a finite-horizon Markov decision process (MDP) model is established. With data collected from the hospital, parameters are set and experiments are designed to reveal the dynamic priority rules for receiving patients into surgery. Performances of different scenarios are compared, and the optimal policies obtained from the MDP are analyzed.
 
Microfoundations of data-driven cybersecurity awareness capability
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Data breaches have become a formidable challenge for business operations in the twenty-first century. The emergence of big data in the ever-growing digital economy has created the necessity to secure critical organizational information. The lack of cybersecurity awareness exposes organizations to potential cyber threats. Thus, this research aims to identify the various dimensions of cybersecurity awareness capabilities. Drawing on the dynamic capabilities framework, the findings of the study show personnel (knowledge, attitude and learning), management (training, culture and strategic orientation) and infrastructure capabilities (technology and data governance) as thematic dimensions to tackle cybersecurity awareness challenges.
 
Stock returns in excess of the risk-free rate. In-sample part (black), out-of-sample part (red). Left: Time-series plot, Right: Density estimates. Period: 1872–2022. Data: annual S &P 500. (Color figure online)
Correlations of predictions for stock returns in excess of the risk-free rate (for nonlinear models of one or two predictive variables). Left: In-sample, Right: Out-of-sample. Period: 1872–2022. Data: annual S &P 500
Robustness over time (increasing in-sample period) for selected models for stock returns in excess of the risk-free rate. Left: RV2\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{upgreek} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \begin{document}$$R_V^2$$\end{document}, Right: Roos2\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{upgreek} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \begin{document}$$R_{oos}^2$$\end{document}. Period: 1872–2022. Data: annual S &P 500
Correlations of predictions for stock returns in excess of the inflation rate (for nonlinear models of one or two predictive variables). Left: in-sample, Right: out-of-sample. period: 1872–2022. Data: annual S &P 500
Robustness over time (increasing in-sample period) for selected models for stock returns in excess of the inflation rate. Left: RV2\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{upgreek} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \begin{document}$$R_V^2$$\end{document}, Right: Roos2\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{upgreek} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \begin{document}$$R_{oos}^2$$\end{document}. Period: 1872–2022. Data: annual S &P 500
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Forecast combinations are a popular way of reducing the mean squared forecast error when multiple candidate models for a target variable are available. We apply different approaches to finding (optimal) weights for forecasts of stock returns in excess of different benchmarks. Our focus lies thereby on nonlinear predictive functions estimated by a fully nonparametric smoother with the covariates and the smoothing parameters chosen by cross-validation. Based on an out-of-sample study, we find that individual nonparametric models outperform their forecast combinations. The latter are prone to in-sample over-fitting and in consequence, perform poorly out-of-sample especially when the set of possible candidates for combinations is large. A reduction to one-dimensional models balances in-sample and out-of-sample performance.
 
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A two-commodity queueing-inventory system with phase-type service times and exponential lead times is considered. There are two types of customers; Type 1 and Type 2. Demands from each customer type occur independently according to a Poisson process with different rates whereas the service times follow a phase-type distribution. Type 1 customers have a non-preemptive priority over Type 2 customers. We assume a finite waiting space for Type 1 customers whereas there is no limit on the waiting room for Type 2 customers. Type i customers demand only commodity i, i=1,2. For the ith commodity, Si and si represent, respectively, the maximum inventory level and the reorder level. Whenever the inventory level of ith commodity drops to si, an order is placed from retailer-i to make the inventory level Si. The lead times of the commodities are exponentially distributed with different parameters. When there is a Type i customer waiting in the queue, if the inventory level of ith commodity is zero (or reaches zero), a decision of immediate purchase is made so as not to lose the waiting customer. The queueing-inventory model in the steady-state is analyzed using the matrix-geometric method. The system performance is examined for different values of parameters. Besides, an optimization study is performed for some system parameters.
 
Operations research flowchart for pandemic/epidemic planning to identify emerging location and transportation problems
Number of studies with respect to the countries
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The recent COVID-19 pandemic once again showed the value of harnessing reliable and timely data in fighting the disease. Obtained from multiple sources via different collection streams, an immense amount of data is processed to understand and predict the future state of the disease. Apart from predicting the spatio–temporal dynamics, it is used to foresee the changes in human mobility patterns and travel behaviors and understand the mobility and spread speed relationship. During this period, data-driven analytic approaches and Operations Research tools are widely used by scholars to prescribe emerging transportation and location planning problems to guide policy-makers in making effective decisions. In this study, we provide a review of studies which tackle transportation and location problems during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on data analytics. We discuss the major data collecting streams utilized during the pandemic era, highlight the importance of rapid and reliable data sharing, and give an overview of the challenges and limitations on the use of data.
 
Inputs and outputs changes over different periods
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The purpose of this contribution is to compute the popular Malmquist productivity index while adding a component representing plant capacity utilisation. In particular, this is-to the best of our knowledge-the first empirical application estimating both input- and output-oriented Malmquist productivity indices in conjunction with the corresponding input- and output-oriented plant capacity utilisation measures. Our empirical application focuses on a provincial data set of tourism activities in China over the period 2008-2016. The results contain the output- and input-oriented Malmquist productivity indices, some Spearman rank correlations between both, a t-test whether these indices differ from unity, and some bootstrapping analysis. Supplementary information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s10479-022-04771-8.
 
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We establish a supply chain finance scheme containing a cash-strapped supplier, a creditworthy retailer as well as a financial institution to explore whether the positive or negative salvage value has a crucial impact on the order decisions and financing strategies. Buyer-backed purchase order financing and advanced payment discount (APD) financing are considered to settle the supplier’s fund shortage problem. We found that the positive and negative salvage values affect (1) the retailer’s optimal order quantity. The buyer orders more products with positive salvage value than those with no salvage value and reduces orders for items with negative salvage value; (2) the profits in the supply chain. Ordering items with a positive salvage value can reduce the risk of loss compared to orders with no salvage value, which leads to more gains for the buyer and the whole supply chain, while orders for items with negative salvage increase the losses, resulting in lower profits; (3) the threshold of the retailer’s internal asset level under single financing. The higher salvage value brings more inventory risk to the retailer; hence the retailer should have a higher asset level to ensure that there is sufficient capital to finance the supplier via APD. Finally, we verify the results by numerical experiments and present some managerial implications for different industries.
 
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Supply chain management is facing serious challenges in the form of imperfections, which cause quality and environmental concerns. The supplier’s manufacturing system may not produce all perfect items and some chances of receiving a lot may include a proportion of imperfect items. It is a time-consuming, negative impact on the environment, and costly activity if the buyer instantly exchanges these defective items with the supplier. These defective products are still economically valuable and can be reworkable. It is more feasible to repair or rework the products at a local repair/service store for saving cost, environment, and time. The repaired products are expected to come back to the buyer when the inventory level is positive. In addition, global purchasing brings superfluous and continuing paybacks, where there are various scenarios when the sellers and buyers are working at a long distance and they are dealing in various businesses by importing and exporting products. Therefore, the supplier also offers a sustainable method of payment to the buyer known as a multi-trade credit period. An inventory model is developed to reduce the on-hand stock, save the environment, and benefit for interim financing. The objective is to optimize the profit of the supply chain by incorporating product reparation policy with the integration of multi-trade-credit policy and shortages simultaneously. A non-derivative approach is utilized to optimize the supply chain mathematical model by deciding the ordering lot size, cycle time, and proportion of backorder demand. The model also used numerical data of the firm to support decision-makers for transforming the proposed supply chain model into real practices. The proposed model has been checked for the sensitivity of various significant supply chain management parameters.
 
Sample output of an iteration
Demand pts allocation—local search
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This study deals with the facility location-allocation problem with Euclidean distances and an unknown number of facilities. The problem is a harder variant of the NP-hard multisource weber problem where the number of facilities is known a priori. A worm optimization (WO) algorithm is developed for the problem, its parameters optimized using a custom design of experiments, and its performance assessed by comparing it to ant colony optimization (ACO) and genetic algorithms (GA). The extensive computational results showed that WO performed better than the other two algorithms in terms of both solution quality and convergence time, with ACO performing second and GA last.
 
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We consider a general linear program in standard form whose right-hand side constraint vector is subject to random perturbations. For the corresponding random linear program, we characterize under general assumptions the random fluctuations of the empirical optimal solutions around their population quantities after standardization by a distributional limit theorem. Our approach is geometric in nature and further relies on duality and the collection of dual feasible basic solutions. The limiting random variables are driven by the amount of degeneracy inherent in linear programming. In particular, if the corresponding dual linear program is degenerate the asymptotic limit law might not be unique and is determined from the way the empirical optimal solution is chosen. Furthermore, we include consistency and convergence rates of the Hausdorff distance between the empirical and the true optimality sets as well as a limit law for the empirical optimal value involving the set of all dual optimal basic solutions. Our analysis is motivated from statistical optimal transport that is of particular interest here and distributional limit laws for empirical optimal transport plans follow by a simple application of our general theory. The corresponding limit distribution is usually non-Gaussian which stands in strong contrast to recent finding for empirical entropy regularized optimal transport solutions.
 
Tail dependence network of the overall industry chain
Tail dependence network of upstream enterprises
Tail dependence network of midstream enterprises
Tail dependence network of downstream enterprises
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The emerging new energy vehicles (NEV) industry is strategically important for China. How to capture its operating characteristics is a challenging but meaningful work. Considering that physical network (e.g. buyer–supplier) or correlation network (e.g. financial contagion) can provide the effective market information for enterprises in the operations management, we first construct the stock returns-based tail dependence network of the NEV industry by combining the Delta conditional value-at-risk (CoVaR) measure and the triangulated maximally filtered graph (TMFG) algorithm. We then explore the topological structure of the constructed network and obtain the operating characteristics for each enterprise in the whole industrial supply chain and at different levels. The empirical results show that the dependence and influence of different enterprises in the whole industrial supply chain are heterogeneous. In particular, upstream enterprises have closer dependence and faster influence power at all levels. These findings from the NEV industry with 71 listed enterprises would not only help regulators identify enterprises that affect the industry stability, but also help investors reduce risk across different enterprises, and managers can adjust operation strategies to reduce operating risks. On the theoretical side, we extend the network theory to the NEV industry. On the practical side, it is the first to capture the operating characteristics of the NEV industry in mainland China. In addition, on the methodological side, it constructs a new TMFG-CoVaR network.
 
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A tolled walk W between vertices u and v in a graph G is a walk in which u is adjacent only to the second vertex of W and v is adjacent only to the second-to-last vertex of W. A set S⊆V(G) is toll convex if the vertices contained in any tolled walk between two vertices of S are contained in S. The toll convex hull of S is the minimum toll convex set containing S. The toll hull number of G is the minimum cardinality of a set whose toll convex hull is V(G). The main contribution of this work is a polynomial-time algorithm for computing the toll hull number of a general graph.
 
Meta-frontier cost efficiency and meta-technology cost efficiency ratio. Efficiencies for firm operating at point A belonging to country b: Country-specific cost efficiency = OB/OA. Meta-frontier cost efficiency = OC/OA. Meta-technology cost efficiency ratio = OC/OB = (OC/OA)/(OB/OA)
Cost efficiency scores of European Life Insurers, 1998–2014. Note: This figure plots the average values for the whole, 1998–2007 (pre-crisis) and 2008–2014 (post-crisis) period for every of the 10 countries of the sample as well as across the 10 EU countries. Differences in mean values between the 2008–2014 and 1998–2007 period were calculated. *** and * represent countries where these differences are statistical significance at 1% and 10% level, respectively
Revenue efficiency Scores of European Life Insurers, 1998–2014. Note: This figure plots the average values for the whole, 1998–2007 (pre-crisis) and 2008–2014 (post-crisis) period for every of the 10 countries of the sample as well as across the 10 EU countries. Differences in mean values between the 2008–2014 and 1998–2007 period were calculated. ***, ** and * represent countries where these differences are statistical significance at 1%, 5% and 10% level, respectively
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This paper applies the meta-frontier Data Envelopment Analysis and the main concepts of convergence from the economic growth literature (β-convergence and σ-convergence) to analyze integration and convergence both in efficiency and in technology gap of European Union (EU) insurance markets. We evaluate 10 EU life insurance markets over the 17-year-period 1998–2014. Results show convergence in cost/revenue efficiency among major EU life insurance markets during the sample period. These findings indicate that the least efficient countries in 1998 have shown a higher improvement in cost/revenue efficiency than the most efficient countries in the same year as well as that the dispersion of the mean efficiency scores among EU life insurance markets decreased over the sample period. We also find convergence in cost/revenue technology gap among these markets, suggesting that they become more technologically homogeneous during the sample period. However, results show that the global financial crisis has led to a slowdown in the progress of integration and convergence in efficiency and technology gap of EU life insurance markets in terms of cost efficiency but not in terms of revenue efficiency.
 
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Two financial schemes, i.e., purchase order financing (POF) and buyer direct financing (BDF), have been proposed for small and medium-sized manufacturers. This study considers a supply chain consisting of a capital-constrained manufacturer who faces the random yield and has a probability of credit default, a well-capitalized retailer, and a bank. We find that the manufacturer prefers POF scheme if the unit production cost is high and the default risk is low, and BDF scheme otherwise. Whereas the retailer benefits from POF when the unit production cost is small. Thus, the retailer, as the leader, has an incentive to distort the purchase price to induce the manufacturer’s financing strategy towards the retailer’s preference. Furthermore, only BDF can achieve a Pareto improvement since the retailer plays a dual role (i.e., buyer and lender) under BDF.
 
Empirical cumulative distribution of the benchmark HDI and HDI scores with governance indicators when lower bound weight is set to 0.15 (ECDF_HDI and ECDF_HDIGOV, respectively)
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The well-known Human Development Index (HDI) goes beyond a single measure of well-being as it is constructed as a composite index of achievements in education, income, and health dimensions. However, it is argued that the above dimensions do not reflect the overall well-being, and new indicators should be included in its construction. This paper uses stochastic dominance spanning to test the inclusion of additional institutional quality (governance) dimensions to the HDI, and we examine whether the augmentation of the original set of welfare dimensions by an additional component leads to distributional welfare gains or losses or neither. We find that differently constructed indicators of the same institutional quality measure produce different distributions of well-being. Supplementary information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s10479-022-04656-w.
 
Conceptual framework of STRSPTW and OTRSPTW
The working areas designed by AC Company in Saskatchewan
Actual AC Company technician routing (September 18)
Technician routing using the Single-Day TRSPTW model (September 18)
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This paper proposes two models for the Technician Routing and Scheduling Problem (TRSP), which are motivated by a telecom provider based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The proposed TRSP models are distinguished from existing models by their ability to address two key issues: overnight and lunch break scheduling. The models aim to scheduling a set of technicians with homogeneous skill levels and different working hours for the purpose of providing services with different service times and time windows to a diverse set of widely spread communities. As the large-sized experiments of this problem categorized into NP-hard problems, a metaheuristic-based technique, Invasive Weed Optimization, is developed to solve them. A comparative analysis is performed to choose the optimum TRSP model based on two factors which are distance of communities to the main depot and balanced service times during planning horizon. The performance of the models is evaluated through the real-world data obtained from the telecom provider. The results prove that the overnight TRSP model is capable of substantially decreasing travel costs and the number of technicians that are required to perform the same set of services.
 
Schematic representation of the solution strategy
Schematic representation of the operations of the clustering algorithm
Schematic representation of the operations of the algorithm for allocating the non-prime products to bundles
Comparison of bundles generated (top left), unassigned items (top right), and sum (bottom) for 250 products
Comparison of bundles generated (top left), unassigned items (top right), and sum (bottom) for 1000 products
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The graphical representation for LDA.
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k-means clustering is a classic method of unsupervised learning with the aim of partitioning a given number of measurements into k clusters. In many modern applications, however, this approach suffers from unstructured measurement errors because the k-means clustering result then represents a clustering of the erroneous measurements instead of retrieving the true underlying clustering structure. We resolve this issue by applying techniques from robust optimization to hedge the clustering result against unstructured errors in the observed data. To this end, we derive the strictly and Γ\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{upgreek} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \begin{document}$$\Gamma $$\end{document}-robust counterparts of the k-means clustering problem. Since the nominal problem is already NP-hard, global approaches are often not feasible in practice. As a remedy, we develop tailored alternating direction methods by decomposing the search space of the nominal as well as of the robustified problems to quickly obtain feasible points of good quality. Our numerical results reveal an interesting feature: the less conservative Γ\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{upgreek} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \begin{document}$$\Gamma $$\end{document}-approach is clearly outperformed by the strictly robust clustering method. In particular, the strictly robustified clustering method is able to recover clusterings of the original data even if only erroneous measurements are observed.
 
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With the development of industry 4.0, the credit data of SMEs are characterized by a large volume, high speed, diversity and low-value density. How to select the key features that affect the credit risk from the high-dimensional data has become the critical point to accurately measure the credit risk of SMEs and alleviate their financing constraints. In doing so, this paper proposes a credit risk feature selection approach that integrates the binary opposite whale optimization algorithm (BOWOA) and the Kolmogorov–Smirnov (KS) statistic. Furthermore, we use seven machine learning classifiers and three discriminant methods to verify the robustness of the proposed model by using three actual bank data from SMEs. The empirical results show that although no one artificial intelligence credit evaluation method is universal for different SMEs’ credit data, the performance of the BOWOA-KS model proposed in this paper is better than other methods if the number of indicators in the optimal subset of indicators and the prediction performance of the classifier are considered simultaneously. By providing a high-dimensional data feature selection method and improving the predictive performance of credit risk, it could help SMEs focus on the factors that will allow them to improve their creditworthiness and more easily access loans from financial institutions. Moreover, it will also help government agencies and policymakers develop policies to help SMEs reduce their credit risks.
 
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