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The Influence Of The Electric Supply Industry On Economic Growth In Less Developed Countries, Edward Richard Bee 2016 University of Southern Mississippi

The Influence Of The Electric Supply Industry On Economic Growth In Less Developed Countries, Edward Richard Bee

Dissertations

This study measures the impact that electrical outages have on manufacturing production in 135 less developed countries using stochastic frontier analysis and data from World Bank’s Investment Climate surveys. Outages of electricity, for firms with and without backup power sources, are the most frequently cited constraint on manufacturing growth in these surveys.

Outages are shown to reduce output below the production frontier by almost five percent in Africa and by a lower percentage in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. Production response to outages is quadratic in form. Outages also increase labor cost, reduce ...


Examining Cost Functionality And Optimization: A Case Study On Testing The Reasonableness Of New Aircraft Using Historical Aircraft Data, Katherine Jozefiak 2016 Washington University in St. Louis

Examining Cost Functionality And Optimization: A Case Study On Testing The Reasonableness Of New Aircraft Using Historical Aircraft Data, Katherine Jozefiak

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

When pursuing business by competing for government contracts, proving the submitted price is reasonable is often required. This proof is called a test of reasonableness. This study analyzes data from historical aircraft programs in relation of a new aircraft program in order to demonstrate the estimated cost of the new program is reasonable. The purpose of this study is to investigate three questions. Is the new program cost reasonable using current industry and government parameters? Is it better to look at programs from a total cost perspective or break the total cost into subcategory levels? Finally, this study applies a ...


Automated Sea State Classification From Parameterization Of Survey Observations And Wave-Generated Displacement Data, Jason A. Teichman 2016 University of New Orleans, New Orleans

Automated Sea State Classification From Parameterization Of Survey Observations And Wave-Generated Displacement Data, Jason A. Teichman

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Sea state is a subjective quantity whose accuracy depends on an observer’s ability to translate local wind waves into numerical scales. It provides an analytical tool for estimating the impact of the sea on data quality and operational safety. Tasks dependent on the characteristics of local sea surface conditions often require accurate and immediate assessment. An attempt to automate sea state classification using eleven years of ship motion and sea state observation data is made using parametric modeling of distribution-based confidence and tolerance intervals and a probabilistic model using sea state frequencies. Models utilizing distribution intervals are not able ...


Takens Theorem With Singular Spectrum Analysis Applied To Noisy Time Series, Thomas K. Torku 2016 East Tennessee State University

Takens Theorem With Singular Spectrum Analysis Applied To Noisy Time Series, Thomas K. Torku

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The evolution of big data has led to financial time series becoming increasingly complex, noisy, non-stationary and nonlinear. Takens theorem can be used to analyze and forecast nonlinear time series, but even small amounts of noise can hopelessly corrupt a Takens approach. In contrast, Singular Spectrum Analysis is an excellent tool for both forecasting and noise reduction. Fortunately, it is possible to combine the Takens approach with Singular Spectrum analysis (SSA), and in fact, estimation of key parameters in Takens theorem is performed with Singular Spectrum Analysis. In this thesis, we combine the denoising abilities of SSA with the Takens ...


Construction Of Pair-Wise Balanced Design, Rajarathinam Arunachalam, Mahalakshmi Sivasubramanian, Dilip Kumar Ghosh 2016 Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

Construction Of Pair-Wise Balanced Design, Rajarathinam Arunachalam, Mahalakshmi Sivasubramanian, Dilip Kumar Ghosh

Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods

A new procedure for construction of pair wise balanced design with equal replication and un-equal block sizes based on factorial design have been evolved. Numerical illustration also provided. It was found that the constructed pair wise balanced design was found to be universal optimal.


Simulation And Application Of Binary Logic Regression Models, Jobany J. Heredia Rico 2016 Florida International University

Simulation And Application Of Binary Logic Regression Models, Jobany J. Heredia Rico

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Logic regression (LR) is a methodology to identify logic combinations of binary predictors in the form of intersections (and), unions (or) and negations (not) that are linearly associated with an outcome variable. Logic regression uses the predictors as inputs and enables us to identify important logic combinations of independent variables using a computationally efficient tree-based stochastic search algorithm, unlike the classical regression models, which only consider pre-determined conventional interactions (the “and” rules). In the thesis, we focused on LR with a binary outcome in a logistic regression framework. Simulation studies were conducted to examine the performance of LR under the ...


Implementing Propensity Score Matching With Network Data: The Effect Of Gatt On Bilateral Trade, Luca De Benedictis, Bruno Arpino, Alessandra Mattei 2016 Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Implementing Propensity Score Matching With Network Data: The Effect Of Gatt On Bilateral Trade, Luca De Benedictis, Bruno Arpino, Alessandra Mattei

Luca De Benedictis

Motivated by the evaluation of the causal effect of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade on bilateral international trade flows, we investigate the role of network structure in propensity score matching under the assumption of strong ignorability. We study the sensitivity of causal inference with respect to the presence of characteristics of the network in the set of confounders conditional on which strong ignorability is assumed to hold. We find that estimates of the average causal effect are highly sensitive to the presence of node-level network statistics in the set of confounders. Therefore, we argue that estimates may suffer ...


Predicting Financial Distress: A Comparison Of Survival Analysis And Decision Tree Techniques, Adrian Gepp, Kuldeep Kumar 2016 Bond University

Predicting Financial Distress: A Comparison Of Survival Analysis And Decision Tree Techniques, Adrian Gepp, Kuldeep Kumar

Adrian Gepp

Financial distress and then the consequent failure of a business is usually an extremely costly and disruptive event. Statistical financial distress prediction models attempt to predict whether a business will experience financial distress in the future. Discriminant analysis and logistic regression have been the most popular approaches, but there is also a large number of alternative cutting - edge data mining techniques that can be used. In this paper, a semi-parametric Cox survival analysis model and non-parametric CART decision trees have been applied to financial distress prediction and compared with each other as well as the most popular approaches. This analysis ...


Hpcnmf: A High-Performance Toolbox For Non-Negative Matrix Factorization, Karthik Devarajan, Guoli Wang 2016 Fox Chase Cancer Center

Hpcnmf: A High-Performance Toolbox For Non-Negative Matrix Factorization, Karthik Devarajan, Guoli Wang

COBRA Preprint Series

Non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) is a widely used machine learning algorithm for dimension reduction of large-scale data. It has found successful applications in a variety of fields such as computational biology, neuroscience, natural language processing, information retrieval, image processing and speech recognition. In bioinformatics, for example, it has been used to extract patterns and profiles from genomic and text-mining data as well as in protein sequence and structure analysis. While the scientific performance of NMF is very promising in dealing with high dimensional data sets and complex data structures, its computational cost is high and sometimes could be critical for ...


Models For Hsv Shedding Must Account For Two Levels Of Overdispersion, Amalia Magaret 2016 University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Models For Hsv Shedding Must Account For Two Levels Of Overdispersion, Amalia Magaret

UW Biostatistics Working Paper Series

We have frequently implemented crossover studies to evaluate new therapeutic interventions for genital herpes simplex virus infection. The outcome measured to assess the efficacy of interventions on herpes disease severity is the viral shedding rate, defined as the frequency of detection of HSV on the genital skin and mucosa. We performed a simulation study to ascertain whether our standard model, which we have used previously, was appropriately considering all the necessary features of the shedding data to provide correct inference. We simulated shedding data under our standard, validated assumptions and assessed the ability of 5 different models to reproduce the ...


A Structural Equation Model Correlating Success In Engineering With Academic Variables For Community College Transfer Students, Marcia Laugerman, Mack Shelley 2016 University of Iowa

A Structural Equation Model Correlating Success In Engineering With Academic Variables For Community College Transfer Students, Marcia Laugerman, Mack Shelley

Mack C Shelley II

Student Enrollment and Engagement through Connections is a collaboration between a large Midwestern university and in-state community colleges (CCs) to increase success of transfers into engineering. This study explores predictors of completing a BS in engineering for CC transfers through a structural equation model. The model was estimated using academic variables from both institutions. The dataset includes 472 in-state CC transfer students admitted to the College of Engineering between 2002 and 2005. The model fits the data well (χ2=74.254, df=30, p<0.0001; RMSE=0.056, Comparative Fit Index=0.984, chi-square/df ratio=2.475). First ...


Development In Normal Mixture And Mixture Of Experts Modeling, Meng Qi 2016 University of Kentucky

Development In Normal Mixture And Mixture Of Experts Modeling, Meng Qi

Theses and Dissertations--Statistics

In this dissertation, first we consider the problem of testing homogeneity and order in a contaminated normal model, when the data is correlated under some known covariance structure. To address this problem, we developed a moment based homogeneity and order test, and design weights for test statistics to increase power for homogeneity test. We applied our test to microarray about Down’s syndrome. This dissertation also studies a singular Bayesian information criterion (sBIC) for a bivariate hierarchical mixture model with varying weights, and develops a new data dependent information criterion (sFLIC).We apply our model and criteria to birth- weight ...


Multi-State Models With Missing Covariates, Wenjie Lou 2016 University of Kentucky

Multi-State Models With Missing Covariates, Wenjie Lou

Theses and Dissertations--Statistics

Multi-state models have been widely used to analyze longitudinal event history data obtained in medical studies. The tools and methods developed recently in this area require the complete observed datasets. While, in many applications measurements on certain components of the covariate vector are missing on some study subjects. In this dissertation, several likelihood-based methodologies were proposed to deal with datasets with different types of missing covariates efficiently when applying multi-state models.

Firstly, a maximum observed data likelihood method was proposed when the data has a univariate missing pattern and the missing covariate is a categorical variable. The construction of the ...


Design & Analysis Of A Computer Experiment For An Aerospace Conformance Simulation Study, Ryan W. Gryder 2016 Virginia Commonwealth University

Design & Analysis Of A Computer Experiment For An Aerospace Conformance Simulation Study, Ryan W. Gryder

Theses and Dissertations

Within NASA's Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration # 1 (ATD-1), Interval Management (IM) is a flight deck tool that enables pilots to achieve or maintain a precise in-trail spacing behind a target aircraft. Previous research has shown that violations of aircraft spacing requirements can occur between an IM aircraft and its surrounding non-IM aircraft when it is following a target on a separate route. This research focused on the experimental design and analysis of a deterministic computer simulation which models our airspace configuration of interest. Using an original space-filling design and Gaussian process modeling, we found that aircraft delay assignments ...


Space-Time Modelling Of Emerging Infectious Diseases: Assessing Leptospirosis Risk In Sri Lanka, Cameron C F Plouffe 2016 Wilfrid Laurier University

Space-Time Modelling Of Emerging Infectious Diseases: Assessing Leptospirosis Risk In Sri Lanka, Cameron C F Plouffe

Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive)

In this research, models were developed to analyze leptospirosis incidence in Sri Lanka and its relation to rainfall. Before any leptospirosis risk models were developed, rainfall data were evaluated from an agro-ecological monitoring network for producing maps of total monthly rainfall in Sri Lanka. Four spatial interpolation techniques were compared: inverse distance weighting, thin-plate splines, ordinary kriging, and Bayesian kriging. Error metrics were used to validate interpolations against independent data. Satellite data were used to assess the spatial pattern of rainfall. Results indicated that Bayesian kriging and splines performed best in low and high rainfall, respectively. Rainfall maps generated from ...


Resistor Network Model For Nanoparticle Assemblies, Lawrence A. Renna, Monojit Bag, D. Venkataraman 2015 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Resistor Network Model For Nanoparticle Assemblies, Lawrence A. Renna, Monojit Bag, D. Venkataraman

Lawrence Renna

In this MATLAB file we have developed a resistor network algorithm to predict the charge percolation through binary nanoparticle assemblies. The algorithm predicts the individual particle currents for assemblies lying on planar electrodes. The model is universally applicable to any assembly of spherical particles where the x, y, and z position and the size and identity of every particle are known.     


Predicting Higher Education Graduation Rates From Institutional Characteristics And Resource Allocation, Florence Hamrick, John Schuh, Mack Shelley 2015 Iowa State University

Predicting Higher Education Graduation Rates From Institutional Characteristics And Resource Allocation, Florence Hamrick, John Schuh, Mack Shelley

Mack C Shelley II

This study incorporated institutional characteristics (e.g., Carnegie type, selectivity) and resource allocations (e.g., instructional expenditures, student affairs expenditures) into a statistical model to predict undergraduate graduation rates. Instructional expenditures, library expenditures, and a number of institutional classification variables were significant predictors of graduation rates. Based on these results, recommendations as well as warranted cautions are included about allocating academic financial resources to optimize graduation rates


Confidence Intervals For The Population Mean Tailored To Small Sample Sizes, With Applications To Survey Sampling, Michael Rosenblum, Mark van der Laan 2015 Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Confidence Intervals For The Population Mean Tailored To Small Sample Sizes, With Applications To Survey Sampling, Michael Rosenblum, Mark Van Der Laan

Michael Rosenblum MD

The validity of standard confidence intervals constructed in survey sampling is based on the central limit theorem. For small sample sizes, the central limit theorem may give a poor approximation, resulting in confidence intervals that are misleading. We discuss this issue and propose methods for constructing confidence intervals for the population mean tailored to small sample sizes. We present a simple approach for constructing confidence intervals for the population mean based on tail bounds for the sample mean that are correct for all sample sizes. Bernstein's inequality provides one such tail bound. The resulting confidence intervals have guaranteed coverage ...


Using Regression Models To Analyze Randomized Trials: Asymptotically Valid Hypothesis Tests Despite Incorrectly Specified Models, Michael Rosenblum, Mark van der Laan 2015 Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Using Regression Models To Analyze Randomized Trials: Asymptotically Valid Hypothesis Tests Despite Incorrectly Specified Models, Michael Rosenblum, Mark Van Der Laan

Michael Rosenblum MD

Regression models are often used to test for cause-effect relationships from data collected in randomized trials or experiments. This practice has deservedly come under heavy scrutiny, since commonly used models such as linear and logistic regression will often not capture the actual relationships between variables, and incorrectly specified models potentially lead to incorrect conclusions. In this paper, we focus on hypothesis test of whether the treatment given in a randomized trial has any effect on the mean of the primary outcome, within strata of baseline variables such as age, sex, and health status. Our primary concern is ensuring that such ...


A Statistical Model For The Prediction Of Dissolved Oxygen Dynamics And The Potential For Hypoxia In The Mississippi Sound And Bight, Andreas Moshogianis 2015 University of Southern Mississippi

A Statistical Model For The Prediction Of Dissolved Oxygen Dynamics And The Potential For Hypoxia In The Mississippi Sound And Bight, Andreas Moshogianis

Master's Theses

Hypoxia events occur when dissolved oxygen concentrations fall below the minimum threshold (dissolved oxygen concentrations < 2 mg O2 L-1) necessary to avoid respiratory distress among aquatic organisms. In the Mississippi Sound and Bight, hypoxia is most prevalent from late-spring through late summer. Since hypoxia events can have dramatic effects on coastal fisheries, the spatial and temporal magnitude of hypoxia presents a clear threat to the productive fisheries in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Long-term hydrographic data were collected from eight sampling stations on a monthly basis from January 2009 to December 2011 along a cross-shelf transect from the mouth of Bay ...


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