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A machine learning approach to policy optimization in system dynamics models.(Research Paper)(Report)
July 1, 2011... INTRODUCTION The primary goal of system dynamics (SD) is to develop policies that improve the dynamic behaviour of a system (Coyle, 1996). There are two approaches for designing suitable policies. The manual approaches rely on a domain expert's insights and experiences to solve a problem in...
On the entropy of social systems: a revision of the concepts of entropy and energy in the social context.(Research Paper)(Report)
July 1, 2011... INTRODUCTION The term entropy is very often found in works about societal complexity. The theoretical framework that tackles the concepts of complexity as an emergent phenomenon is of course that of systems theory (Wiener, 1961; Bertalanffy, 1968). But the meaning of entropy in the social...
Impact of combined feedback-feedforward control-based ordering policies on supply chain stability and responsiveness.(Research Paper)(Report)
July 1, 2011... INTRODUCTION The Law of Industrial Dynamics, as defined by Burbidge (1984) states the following: If demand is transmitted along a series of inventories using stock control ordering, then the amplitude of demand variation will increase with each transfer. This phenomenon...
Being, engaging, contextualizing and managing matrix--a means for nonspecialists to assess group dynamics?(Research Paper)(Report)
July 1, 2011... INTRODUCTION The notion of assessing group dynamics as a means for appreciating team work is not new, and the pages of this journal are replete with different methods for accomplishing this in practice. An oft-mentioned example is the use of the Symlog methodology (see, for example, Keyton,...
July 1, 2011... This issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science contains a set of papers that demonstrates very well the great variety in areas in which systems ideas can be applied. Bell and Morse describe the genesis of the being, engaging, contextualizing and managing (BECM) matrix. The BECM matrix...