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  •   Free full-text access Open AccessImpact of Social Media on Consumer Behaviour
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    by Duangruthai Voramontri, Leslie Klieb 
    Abstract: The goal of this paper is to research empirically the role of social media in consumers decision-making process for complex purchases - those characterized by significant brand differences, high consumer involvement and risk, and which are expensive and infrequent. The model uses the information search, alternative evaluation, and purchase decision stages from the classical EBM model. A quantitative survey investigates up to what degree experiences are altered by the use of social media. Results show that social media usage influences consumer satisfaction in the stages of information search and alternative evaluation, with satisfaction getting amplified as the consumer moves along the process towards the final purchase decision and post-purchase evaluation. The research was done among internet-savvy consumers in South-East Asia, and only considered purchases that were actually made by consumers, not including searches that were abandoned.
    Keywords: social media; consumer decision-making; EBM model; EKB; information search; complex purchase.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJIDS.2019.10014191
     
  • The impact of using new significant reference point with TOPSIS methods: study and application   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhor CHERGUI 
    Abstract: In this paper, the impact of Pareto optimality concept on revised TOPSIS method is studied. In particular, we study theoretically the cases in which a preference relation changes when delimiting the choice of the best alternative(s) in an efficient restrictive area. In order to define the most reliable approach a comparative study is established. On this basis, an accurate new method called TOPSIS Nadir is introduced. Furthermore, an adaptation for Interval data area is carried out in which we discuss some forms of normalization. By following the same steps of the TOPSIS methods for Group Decision Makers, we develop and compare two new procedures.
    Keywords: Group Decision Makers; TOPSIS methods; Reference points; Crisp data & Interval data; Forms of normalization.

  • Spatiotemporal Assessment of Water Quality in the Distribution Network of City of Sharjah, UAE   Order a copy of this article
    by Maruf Mortula, Kazi Fattah, Tarig Ali, Alaeldin Idris, Mayyada AlBardan 
    Abstract: Maintaining a healthy water distribution network (WDN) is key to providing good quality services to the consumers in a sustainable manner. WDN in the City of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), has more than 3000km of pipeline and receives water from different sources. Understanding the variation of water quality over time is critical to appropriate management. The objective of this paper was to assess the variability of the water quality in Sharjah WDN. Monitoring data for residual chlorine, iron, and fluoride were collected from 46 different locations throughout the distribution system. Graphical and GIS-based analyses were conducted to understand the temporal (for three source waters and three locations in the WDN) and spatial variability (all locations) of water quality throughout the distribution network. Temporal variations indicated seasonal water quality variations throughout the three-year period (2012-2014). The spatial variability indicated that the old part of the city was susceptible to water quality degradation.
    Keywords: water distribution network; water quality; infrastructure integrity; geographic information system; spatial variability; infrastructure management.

  • A non-stationary NDVI time series modelling using Triplet Markov Chain   Order a copy of this article
    by Ali Ben Abbes, Mohamed Farah, Imed Riadh Farah, Vincent Barra 
    Abstract: Nowadays, vegetation monitoring using remotely sensed data is an important far-reaching real-world issue.The main purpose of this study is to build a Triplet Markov Chain (TMC) to model and analyse vegetation dynamics on large scales using non-stationary Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time series.TMC is a generalisation of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs), which have been widely used to represent Satellite Time Series Images but which they proved to be inefficient for non-stationary data. The TMC model proposed in this paper overcomes this limit by adding an auxiliary process which allows modelling non-stationarity. In order to assess the performance of the proposed model, experimentation is carried out using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) NDVI time series of the northwestern region of Tunisia. The TMC model is compared to standard HMM and Seasonal Auto Regressive Integrated Moving Average model (SARIMA) and proved to achieve the best performance with an overall accuracy prediction rate of 92.8% and a kappa coefficient of 0.885.
    Keywords: NDVI Time Series; Vegetation Dynamics; TMC; HMM; Non-Stationarity; Remote Sensing.

  • A novel architecture based on fuzzy cognitive maps and holonic systems for decision making in a cooperative context   Order a copy of this article
    by Asma Maziz, Nacereddine Zarour 
    Abstract: Ensuring consistency and good decision making is one of the most topical problems in an information system; it becomes more difficult in a cooperative context. In this paper, we propose an architecture based on fuzzy cognitive maps (FCM) tool and holonic multi-agent paradigm that enhance the decision making process in cooperative information system (CIS). Furthermore, the concept of ontology is used for semantically enrich our architecture. We modeled each sub-CIS by a holonic agents where everyone used a FCM for a more precise analysis of complex dynamic system decisions. This group will try to make a collective decision to solve any given distributed problem. To put our approach into practice, we considered road safety field to see how to educate people in order to reduce the fatal accidents number. Finally, we validated our proposition through experiments to show how it improves the decision making process in a cooperative context.
    Keywords: Decision Support; Cooperative Information Systems; Fuzzy Cognitive Maps; Multi-agent Systems; Holonic systems; Ontology; Road safety.

  • Decision Support for Nutrition Management of Grapes using Ontology based on Decision Trees   Order a copy of this article
    by Archana Chougule, Vijay Kumar Jha, Debajyoti Mukhopadhyay 
    Abstract: For any decision support system, having meaningful, up-to-date, interoperable and consistent knowledge base is important. Ontologies can be sued for knowledge semantics and knowledge sharing. Hence ontologies are getting more importance these days as heterogeneous integrated systems are used in almost all areas. Ontology gets evolved with increase in domain knowledge of experts. Change management of ontology is must to keep consistency of knowledge base. This paper demonstrates use of decision tree for ontology building and evolution. Detail algorithm for extending ontology from decision tree is discussed in the paper. For decision support using knowledge in ontology, ontology reasoning is used. Semantic web rule language is the technique used for ontology reasoning. Accuracy of decision support depends on strength and correctness of inference logic. Paper describes how accuracy of decision support improves with semi-automated construction of SWRL rules. The approach is validated with example of nutrition management system for grapes.
    Keywords: Decision support; ontology evolution; decision tree; semantic web rule language; grapes; nutrition management.

  • A decision making methodology for material selection using Genetic Algorithm   Order a copy of this article
    by Elyas Abbasi Jannatabadi, Masoud Goharimanesh, Ali Jahan, Ali Akbar Akbari 
    Abstract: Material selection is a challenging task for designers due to the immense number of different materials available today. Choosing the right materials plays an important role in numerous engineering applications because an inappropriate selection of materials can significantly affect the performance of the final product. As a result, a number of techniques have been proposed to select materials in the engineering design process. However, most of the proposed systems are knowledge intensive and cannot deal with the situation where the information of weight criteria is incomplete or unknown. So, in this paper a logical approach is presented for choosing an optimal material by employing the Genetic algorithm. The proposed material selection procedure reduces the personal bias for assigning the weight of different attributes. Seven examples are included to demonstrate the applicability of the suggested approach. The findings of this work provide the insights for further researches on more complicated design problems such as simultaneous material selection and geometry optimization.
    Keywords: Materials selection; Genetic Algorithm; multiple criteria analysis; multi criteria decision making; weighting factors; Ranking.

  • Efficient Evacuation in a Multi-Exit Environment: An Agent-based Decision Support Model   Order a copy of this article
    by Kashif Zia, Dinesh Saini, Arshad Muhammad 
    Abstract: A majority of research work carried out in crowd evacuation rely on simulation due to non-availability of real and realistic trial data. In this paper, an agent-based simulation study of an evacuating crowd is presented. The model is based on the microscopic behavioral rules formulated through small-scale empirical evidence in conjunction with crowd behavioral theories. In particular, the study focus on the possibility of efficient evacuation from the environment with limited perceptions. Extending Moore's neighborhood model, local congestion avoidance mechanism capable of detecting the relative displacement and orientation of the all the individuals in its neighborhood is considered. Other strategies based on exit capacity and exit population are also modeled and tested. A probabilistic exit selection strategy is also designed that considers a sensitivity of an exit as a deciding factor. The simulation results show that the enhanced exit selection strategies make the proposed system more robust and increase the evacuation efficiency substantially.
    Keywords: Crowd evacuation; Decision support model; Multi-exit efficiency; Agent-based modeling; NetLogo simulation.

  • An Integrated Fuzzy Delphi and Fuzzy Inference System for Ranking the Solutions to Overcome the Supply Chain Knowledge Flow Barriers   Order a copy of this article
    by Vishal Bhosale, Ravi Kant 
    Abstract: Supply Chain (SC) is assumed as a leading operations strategy in both manufacturing and service organizations. With rapid change and competition in the SC, knowledge is recognized as an important source of competitive advantage. In todays, business word, organizations should manage the SC knowledge to stay ahead in the competition. However, evidence suggests that there are several SC knowledge flow barriers (SCKFBs) which obstruct knowledge flow in SC. The purpose of this research is to identify SCKFBs and propose solutions to overcome the SCKFBs. In this study an example of Indian automobile brake manufacturing organization is presented to exemplify the use of the proposed framework for SCKFBs and solutions to overcome them. The weight of major SCKFBs is calculated by fuzzy Delphi (FD) method and ranking of the solutions of SCKFBs is evaluated using the fuzzy inference system (FIS) method. To overcome SCKFBs, the top rank solutions obtained are visible technologies that offer real-time customer and demand knowledge, building strategic relationships with SC partners and induce mutual trust with SC partners. Visible technologies offer real-time customer demand data; which enable SC partners to maximize operational efficiencies and enhance customer value creation. The extensive list of solutions of SCKFBs facilitates an organization to focus on higher ranked solutions and improve policies to implement them. This study may be one of the first to bring together a large range of SCKFBs on the same platform, and an attempt to give solutions for its barriers in order to put SC to the next level using integrated FD-FIS methods.
    Keywords: Supply chain; knowledge flow; Fuzzy Delphi; Fuzzy inference system.

  • Studying the Effect of Community Structure for Seed Selection in an Influence Model   Order a copy of this article
    by Carolina Xavier, Vinícius Vieira, Alexandre Evsukoff 
    Abstract: This paper presents a study of influence spreading in real complex networks which shows that community structure in networks can be used to guide the selection of seed nodes to spread information and ideas over the network. The results obtained by the application of the methodology to a set of benchmark networks suggest that the distribution of seeds between the central nodes of the networks communities can increase the range of information spreading when compared to alternative methods using central nodes as seeds considering only the global context of the network.rn
    Keywords: Influence maximization; seed selection; communities; Spreading Activation Model.

  • Enhancing the performance of sentiment analysis task on product reviews by handling both local and global context   Order a copy of this article
    by Bagus Setya Rintyarna, Riyanarto Sarno, Chastine Fatichah 
    Abstract: Commonly, product review analysis includes extracting sentiment from product documents. The contextual aspect contained in a review document has potential to improve results obtained by the sentiment analysis task of product reviews. In this regard, this paper proposes an approach that takes into account both local and global context. The main contribution of this work is threefold. Firstly, local context is defined and the graph-based Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) method is extended to deal with this contextual issue. The method is aimed at assigning the correct sense of a word in the context of a sentence, which means choosing the correct sentiment value of a word with respect to the context. Secondly, global context is defined for addressing contextual issues related to the specific domain of a review document, which can affect the sentiment value of the words contained in it. To address the global context issue, an improved SentiCircle-based method is used and a similarity-based technique is provided to select the pivot word. This method can be employed to assign sentiment value at sentence level. Thirdly, a weighted mean-based strategy to determine sentiment value at document level is presented. Several experiments were conducted to assess the proposed method and compare it with a baseline method. Overall, the proposed method outperformed the baseline method in almost all performance evaluation measures (precision, recall, F-measure and accuracy).
    Keywords: sentiment analysis; local context; global context; word sense disambiguation; SentiCircle.

  • A new approach agent-based for distributing association rules by business to improve decision process in ERP systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Merouane Zoubeidi, Okba Kazar, Saber Benharzallah, Nadjib Mesbahi, Abdelhak Merizig, Djamil Rezki 
    Abstract: In the last decade, the distributed computing plays an important role in the Data Mining process, it helps to make systems scalable and it is important to develop mechanisms that distribute the workload among several sites in a flexible way also the acronym ERP stands for enterprise resource planning. It refers to the systems and software packages used by organizations to manage day-by-day business activities, ERP systems are designed for the defined data structure (schema) that usually has a common database. In addition, Data Mining is a technology that purposes to promote information and knowledge extraction from a large database. In this paper, we present a collaborative multi-agent based system for association rules mining from distributed databases. In our proposed approach
    Keywords: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); Multi-Agents system (MAS); Data Mining associate rules; JADE; WEKA.

  • A rule-based approach for dynamic Analytic Hierarchy Process decision making   Order a copy of this article
    by Yun-ning Liu, Shiow-yang Wu 
    Abstract: The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is widely used in many multi-criteria decision-making problems and has been successfully applied to many practical cases. However, the AHP process is time-consuming and the decision model is not agile enough for fast changing environment. To overcome this weakness, we develop a rule-based approach for dynamic AHP decision-making in changing environment. We analyze critical factors in the AHP decision process under uncertainty and propose to encode expert knowledge for change handling using Event-Condition-Action rules. We propose a theorem and associated method to determine the change in ordering of decision alternatives based on Event-Condition-Action rule-induced weight updates. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach using a case study of the supplier selection decision making task of the steel and iron industry in Taiwan. The study shows that our mechanism can effectively reach the same level of decision quality as expert decision maker(s).
    Keywords: Dynamic rule-based AHP; Two Criteria Update Impact Analysis; Steel and Iron Industry; Comparison Matrix.

  • Quality of Service based Service Selection in Smart Parking   Order a copy of this article
    by Shiksha Singh, Rohit Kumar Tiwari 
    Abstract: Smartness in the existing environment is required for overall growth of any country. Government is putting tremendous effort and a huge sum of money for making cities smart to achieve smartness. A very first asset that needs to be made smart is smart parking system to avoid the traffic congestion. There are many service providers which are offering smart parking services, but there is no Quality of Service (QoS) framework available so far. So, for a customer point of view it is very hard to select the best service provider and gain maximum satisfaction. So, in this paper, we have designed a QoS framework which consists of thirty-three metrics to evaluate a smart parking service. These parameters are identified from the user as well as vendors perspective and helps to select better service provider. We have also proposed multi criteria decision making (MCDM) approach TOPSIS to select best smart parking service provider based on identified QoS. We have demonstrated our approach with the help of case studies.
    Keywords: Quality of Services; Smart City; Smart Parking System; Internet of Things; MCDM; TOPSIS.

  • A new framework using biform game for cost optimization of distribution networks   Order a copy of this article
    by Salma MOUATASSIM, Ahmed Haroun SABRY, Mustapha AHLAQQACH, Jamal BENHRA 
    Abstract: The present work focuses on the demand decision making problem for regional distribution centers sharing the same product families. Each center orders quantities to be distributed from production units. Our approach suggests a biform game to maximize the benefits of each center and minimize the end of cycle market induced supply to demand deviations. We start by an independent demand forecasting under uncertainty. Once the demand is met, the centers enter a collaboration phase where coalitions are created and products are exchanged, in order to achieve the core stability of the actual game. If not met, we try to achieve the same objectives using individual rationality through an adapted approach based on Shapley value analysis for each possible coalition.
    Keywords: game theory; forecasting; Shapley value; collaboration; biform game; cost allocation; coalitions; core stability.

  • Determining Optimal Replanting Rate in Palm Oil Industry, Malaysia: A System Dynamics Approach Optimal Policy Search in Oil Palm Plantation Feedback Loops using System Dynamics Optimization   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd Zabid M Faeid, Norhaslinda Zainal Abidin, Shri Dewi Applanaidu 
    Abstract: One of the important factor that contribute to the stagnant growth of Malaysias crude palm oil production is the accumulation of ageing oil palm plantation area. Given the scarcity of new plantation area in Malaysia, it is very important that an optimal replanting rate has to be determined to decrease the accumulation of ageing area. The mature area of oil palm plantation has to be increased in order to obtain higher crude palm oil production. The main aim of this study is to determine an optimal replanting rate for oil palm industry in Malaysia.. This study compared the trend results of fresh fruit bunches yield using baserun system dynamics and system dynamics with optimization analysis.The findings indicate that the proposed optimal replanting rate based on system dynamics analysis revealed the maximum production in term of the fresh fruit bunch yield by year 2050 compared to baserun scenario analysis. Specifically, findings from optimization analysis recommended the replanting rate at 278,189 hectare annually. This practise will ensure the continuous supply of palm oil withoit significant distruption if high replanting rate has been implemented.. Findings from this study will be useful to the policy makers in palm oil industry and palm oil planters in assisting them to plan the appropriate planting strategy to maximize fresh fruit bunches yield.
    Keywords: Fresh fruit bunches yield; Oil palm plantation; Optimal replanting rate; System dynamics optimization.

  • A SWITCHING HYBRID MOBILE RECOMMENDER SYSTEM FOR TOURISTS   Order a copy of this article
    by Bolanle Ojokoh, Idorenyin Amaunam 
    Abstract: Recommender systems are meant to give recommendations by receiving and analyzing feedbacks from users. These feedbacks could be obtained through ratings or likes. Nevertheless, a problem arises when there are no feedbacks. This can happen because: the system offering the recommendations is new (and has obtained no ratings), the user is new (and has not rated the system), or the items for recommendations are new (and have not been rated). This problem is termed the cold-start problem. Also, most recommender systems do not offer preferred recommendations to users. They rely mostly on the ratings of other users to give recommendations to the active user. These in most cases may not be the users choice. This paper thus, proposes a switching feature-based model that leverages the need of both new and existing users for recommendation of tourist locations. Recommendations to new users are implemented with Bayesian algorithm on supplied demographic data. For existing users, the system switches to the collaborative filtering subsystem, where the user inputs the location facility he/she wants. The user also has the privilege of changing location type. Recommendation results are produced through the appropriate algorithm and offered based on the items in the database. The model was validated with discounted cumulative gain, precision, and recall. A comparative analysis with some existing systems showed lower mean absolute error. Also, experimental results obtained through questionnaire distributed to general users, users from the computer science domain as well as experts in the tourism, showed the effectiveness of the proposed techniques.
    Keywords: Bayesian algorithm; Conditional Probability Table (CPT); Cold-start; Mobile app; Recommender system.

  • Impact of Farmers Ownership of Seeds on Well-being of Farmers: Study of a Village in Odisha   Order a copy of this article
    by Sukanta Chandra Swain 
    Abstract: In order to achieve food security in the country, the government of India has introduced an initiative of new green revolution called as Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India since 2010-11. After Indias green revolution in 1960s, the use of seed bio-technologies in agriculture, in which the ownership of seeds lies with organized private parties, have been in question. But prior to that, Indian farmers were going by using their harvested corps as seeds in future. The situation in eastern India, particularly in Odisha, was far behind as compared to the scenario at national level. Use of high yielding varieties (HYVs) seeds in Odisha agriculture came up at a very later stage although accessibility was not a problem. It was mostly due to ignorance and lack of acceptability of the HYV seeds. As time passed and the state entered into the phase of new green revolution, farmers in frontline got acclimatized to the seed bio-technology and succeeded in getting handful of harvests year after year. Small and Marginal farmers had also to follow the foot-print of the frontline farmers for two reasons; a) seeing the prosperity of the latter, the former got motivated to follow suit and b) good harvest with HYVs seeds by frontline farmers, leading to reduced average cost, drove the traditional seeds users away from the market on pricing ground. At present, while most of the farmers in Odisha are using seed bio-technology for more harvests, it is pertinent to unfold whether it has affected the well-being of the small farmers in rural Odisha. Keeping this in backdrop, this paper highlights the impact of ownership of seeds on small farmers well-being. For the purpose, a village called Kasarda of Odisha state (India) has been considered and the responses of 75 small farmers have been ascertained and analyzed.
    Keywords: Seed Ownership; Seed Bio-technology; Small Farmers; Well-being; Kasarda; Odisha.

  • The Effect of Social Capital on the Effectiveness of Community Development Programmes in Malaysia   Order a copy of this article
    by Amir Imran Zainoddin, Azlan Amran, Mohd Rizaimy Shaharudin 
    Abstract: This study aims to determine the influence of social capital on the effectiveness of the farmers development programme established by a MNC in Malaysia for business - community relations as part of the companys CSR endeavours. The sampling technique employed in this study was census sampling with all of the 400 respondents being included in the study. The results unveiled that the relational and cognitive dimensions were positively and significantly related to the effectiveness of the community development programme. Nevertheless, the structural dimension failed to follow similar inclinations. The finding has contributed to the social capital theory by supporting the relational and cognitive dimensions as the factors that influence the success of the community development programmes. Future study is suggested to measure the effectiveness of community development programmes using financial or non-financial aspects, utilise the stakeholder theory perspectives, as well as validate the inconsistencies in the outcomes of the past studies.
    Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility; Social Capital; Effectiveness; Community Development Programmes; Farmers.

  • Impact of Knowledge Flows on Supply Chain Performance: An Experiment on Four Indian Luggage Manufacturing Firms   Order a copy of this article
    by Vishal Bhosale, Ravi Kant, Ravi Kant, Mark Goh, Mark Goh 
    Abstract: This paper seeks to investigate the role and impact of Supply Chain Knowledge Flow Enablers (SCKFEs) in improving the supply chain performance of four luggage manufacturing firms. The paper applies fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to obtain the weights of the SCKFEs, and fuzzy Multi-Objective Optimization by the Ratio Analysis (MOORA) to rank the firms practicing knowledge flows. A case study of four Indian luggage manufacturers suggests that the better the implementation of the SCKFEs, the better the knowledge flows and hence better supply chain performance. This study reveals how firms practicing knowledge flows influence their supply chain performance.
    Keywords: Knowledge flow; Supply chain performance; MCDM; AHP; MOORA.

  • Informational Energy Based Goodness-of-Fit Test for Laplace Distribution   Order a copy of this article
    by Havva Alizadeh Noughabi, Jalil Jarrahiferiz 
    Abstract: In this paper, a goodness-of-fit test for the Laplace distribution based on the informational energy is proposed. Consistency and other properties of the proposed test are shown. It is shown that the distribution of the proposed test statistic does not depend on the location and scale parameters. Using a simulation study, critical values of the test statistic are obtained. A Monte Carlo study for the power of the proposed test is carried out against symmetric and asymmetric alternatives. The power values of the proposed test is compared with power values of some well-known competing tests. Finally, two illustrative examples are presented and analyzed.
    Keywords: Informational energy; Goodness of fit test; Laplace distribution; Monte Carlo simulation; Test power.

  • Decision Tree Classifier: A Detailed Survey   Order a copy of this article
    by Priyanka  
    Abstract: Decision Tree Classifier (DTC) is one of the well-known and important methods for data classification. The most significant features of decision tree classifier(DTC) is its ability to change the complicated decision making problems into a simple decision making processes, thus finding a solution which is understandable and easier to interpret. DTCs can be used in many disciplines such as remote sensing, Character Recognition, Medical Diagnosis, Expert Systems, Speech Recognition, and Radar Signal Classification etc. This Paper provides a brief but self-explanatory review on various algorithms developed in literature for constructing and representing decision trees, different splitting criteria for selecting best attribute and various pruning methods. In addition to these, some enhancements made in DTCs time to time are also discussed which would be beneficial for beginners. After reading this paper, the readers will be able to understand why decision trees are more popular among all other methods of classification, what are their uses, limitations and applications in different diverse areas. They will also come to know about many decision tree induction algorithms like ID3, CART, C4.5, SPRINT, BOAT, SLIQ, their uses and variants, different splitting criteria and various pruning methods, concepts of ensemble methods, fuzzy decision trees and hybridization of decision trees with other classification methods or meta-heuristics. Therefore, one can conclude that inclusion of these concepts in decision trees provide ample opportunities to solve complex datasets with less computation in very short time period while achieving high accuracy.
    Keywords: Decision Tree Hybridization; Classification; ID3; CART; ensembles; splitting criteria; pruning methods.

  • Context Vector Convergence (CVC) of Computational Behavior and Cultural Traits for Team Selection   Order a copy of this article
    by Hrishikesh Kulkarni, Manisha Marathe 
    Abstract: Selection of Team for match, mission or project is always challenging since every mission is different, every match brings new uncertainties and every project has its own complexities. Your best resource may not be the right choice for given task. It is the context of task, behaviors of individuals and above all constitution of the team in that scenario contribute to outcome. The proposed technique is based on convergence of multiple context vectors representing computational behaviors. Learning based on these vectors helps us to select the optimal combination. The Context Vector Convergence (CVC) of Behavioral Vectors helps in deriving the actual effect of two vectors in overall team performance. The personality vector is used to derive behavioral context while mission vector is used to derive the scenario context. These two vectors are graphically associated in convergence to identify and recommend the best team combinations. The multiple combinations are ranked with reference to scenario to select the most appropriate one. While formulating the vector cultural aspects and behaviors are captured through expressions and interactions. Top three combinations are compared to validate hypotheses. The promising results reinforce the premise to establish further research directions.
    Keywords: Behavioral Psychology; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; Cognitive Sciences; Computational Psychology; Context; Cultural Computing.

  • Strategic Decision Making to maximize the efficiency of water usage in Steel Manufacturing Process via Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Bayesian Belief Networks (BBN): A Case Study.   Order a copy of this article
    by Jose Pereira, Geane Fayer 
    Abstract: This study proposes a method for strategic decision making, considering the identification and prioritization of the potential risks that could stop production in the steel production processes in a water crisis scenario. This method combines AHP and BBN to assess risks arising from the water crisis scenario in steel manufacturing industries. The objective is to guarantee the availability of water resources necessary to ensure a safe operation. As a methodological approach experts and professionals from a group of steel manufacturing companies were interviewed do identify risk factors considering a water crisis scenario and the risk probabilities were elicited accordingly. AHP and BBN were combined to obtain the global risk matrix and prioritization of risks. Even though water is a natural resource renewed by physical processes of hydrological cycle, its scarcity is making it no longer a free, abundant and available to all. Water is recognized worldwide as a limited resource to which particular attention should be given. In terms of impact, the World Economic Forum held in 2017 ranked the so-called Water Crisis risk in third place, second only to weapons of mass destruction and climate change. No previous work dealing with risk analysis to prioritize risks arising from the water crisis scenario in steel manufacturing processes could be found. As a result of this study, a global risk matrix is proposed. It shows the risks that could stop production processes and are considered intolerable. The result completes a gap in the literature and provides a source of information and a method to be used by professionals, engineers and decision makers in the identification of risk factors that could impact the operation of steel manufacturing companies.
    Keywords: Risk Analysis; Water shortage; AHP; BBN; Steel Industry.

  • Hierarchical Two-pathway Autoencoders Neural Networks for Skyline Context Conceptualization   Order a copy of this article
    by Ameni Sassi, Wael Ouarda, Chokri Ben Amar, Serge Miguet 
    Abstract: In this paper, we proposed a novel hierarchical two-pathway autoencoders architecture to transform a local information based on skyline scene representation, into non-linear space. The first pathway is intended for the transformation of the geometric features extracted from the horizon line. The second pathway is applied after the first one to joint the color information under the skyline to the transformed geometric features, and to get the landscape context conceptualization. To evaluate our suggested system, we constructed the SKYLINEScene database containing 2000 images of rural and urban landscapes, with a high degree of diversity. In order to investigate the performance of our HTANN-Skyline, many experiments were carried out using this new database. Our approach shows its robustness in Skyline context conceptualization and enhances the classification rates by 1% compared to the AlexNet architecture; and by more than 10% compared to the hand-crafted approaches based on global and local features.
    Keywords: Deep Neural Network; Autoencoder; Scene Categorization; Skyline; Curvature Scale Space; Features Transformation; Classification; horizon line.

  • Family members as an External Source of Travel information   Order a copy of this article
    by Zahra Shekarchizade, Bahram Ranjbarian, Vahid Ghasemi 
    Abstract: The aim of this work is to investigate the effect of family structure, duration of family life and family members acquaintance with travel destination on information search behavior of heads of families to buy a package tour. A sample of 70 Isfahani heads of families who had bought an outbound package tour in January-September 2017 was selected by employing the Convenient Sampling method. A questionnaire was used in order to collect data. The results indicate that family structure and duration of family life have important impacts on the perceived value of seeking information among family members. In other words, in families that have different value structures and in various stages of family life cycle, the perceived value of seeking information among family members is different; however, perceived value of seeking information among family members was not significantly effective in the level of seeking information among family members. As a matter of fact, family members acquaintance with travel destination has a significant impact on the level of seeking information among family members by using perceived value of seeking information among family members. While family members are acquainted with the travel destination, seeking information from inside the family is of great value. In this way, the desire for seeking information among family members will be increased.
    Keywords: Family Members; External Source of Information; Travel Information; Familiarity; Family Structure; Duration of Family Life; Information Search Behavior; Perceived Value; Familial Factors; Iran.

  • CREDIT CARDS IN A DEVELOPING ECONOMY: A DATA MINING APPROACH   Order a copy of this article
    by Ankit Mehrotra, Reeti Agarwal 
    Abstract: Usage of credit cards has been witnessing an increase in recent years in India. The study was undertaken to comprehend the effect of the different demographic characteristics of the respondents on credit cards owned by them. Findings indicate that friends/family members are most influential in affecting customers knowledge of credit card. It was seen that for pitching more than one credit card, the group of customers that should be targeted are those with low income and in the age group 46-60 years.
    Keywords: C&RT; credit cards; Data mining; demographic variables; feature selection; gender; income; Indian customers; influencing medium; target group.

  • Query optimization in real-time spatial Big Data   Order a copy of this article
    by Sana Hamdi 
    Abstract: Nowadays, real-time spatial applications have become more and more\r\nimportant. Such applications result dynamic environments where data as well as queries are continuously moving. As a result, there is a tremendous amount of real-time spatial data generated every day. The growth of the data volume seems to outspeed the advance of databases and data warehouses, especially that users expect to receive the results of each query within a short time period without holding into account the load of the system. To solve this problem, several optimization techniques are used. Thus, we propose, as a first contribution, a novel data partitioning approach for real-time spatial Big data named VPA-RTSBD (Vertical Partitioning Approach for Real-Time Spatial Big data). This contribution is an implementation of the Matching algorithm for traditional vertical partitioning. Then, as a second contribution, we propose a new frequent itemset mining approach which relaxes the notion of window size and proposes a new algorithm named PrePost*-RTSBD. Thereafter, a simulation study is shown to prove that our contributions can achieve a significant performance improvement.
    Keywords: Real-Time spatial Data; Transaction; Stream data; Feedback Control\r\nScheduling; Quality of Service; Data partitioning; Frequent itemset mining;\r\nSimulation.

  • The Application of Strategic Alignment in a Fuzzy Environment: A Case Study in Banking   Order a copy of this article
    by Ayfer Basar 
    Abstract: As a natural consequence of rapid changes and high competition, companies have to determine right business and information technology (IT) strategies consistently to accomplish business value and IT flexibility. They also need to align their strategies and develop an appropriate roadmap in todays competitive environment. The lack of strategic alignment induces many problems in terms of profitability, efficiency, quality, and performance. In fact, there are many studies about strategic alignment in the literature. However, there is not an accepted method to align business and IT strategies and establish a suitable roadmap based on these strategies especially in the fuzzy environment. This study presents a new methodology to meet banks strategic alignment problem which can be defined by hierarchically and solved in a top-down structure. For this aim, a method of aligning first business and IT strategies; then IT strategies and domains is proposed depending on the customer expectations and technological improvements. Expert judgments are collected in pairwise comparison with Hesitant Fuzzy Linguistic Term Sets (HFLTS) for aligning and relatively weighting strategies and service domains. The importance weights obtained by HFLTS are also used to find the most appropriate investment rate for each service area. Proposed methodology is applied in a technology company of a big Turkish national bank to take investment decisions. The results are approved by experts working as strategic managers in banks and technology companies.
    Keywords: Strategic alignment; banking; information technology; pairwise comparison; HFLTS.

  • Unorganized Entrepreneurship and Employment Generation in India   Order a copy of this article
    by Dhyanadipta Panda 
    Abstract: Considering Indias population growth and paucity of job opportunities, entrepreneurship is the only key to come out of the juncture of unemployment. Entrepreneurship may be in the organized or unorganized form. So far as engagement of workforce is concerned, unorganized sector in India outweighs the organized sector. But the unorganized sector fails to win the confidence of the stakeholders owing to its unsystematic approach and unavailability of regulatory framework. Due to this the stakeholders of this sector dont boast about their affiliation. This paper unfolds how unorganized sector in India easily accommodate heavy workforce but with many gray areas. Case study method and in-depth interview method are followed to highlight the problem and focus group discussion is conducted to design a framework for win-win situation.
    Keywords: Unorganized sector; entrepreneur; self-employment; contribution; challenges.

  • SWARA Approach for Ranking of Agricultural Supply Chain Risks of Odisha in India   Order a copy of this article
    by Debesh Mishra, Suchismita Satapathy 
    Abstract: Disruptions in supply chain process could have negative effects on firms performance and if the highly influential risks factors involved in disruptions of the supply chain are ranked and mitigated properly based on their importance, then those disruptions could be well managed. In order to assist the decision makers and other managers to take appropriate decision, this study provides the ranking of the risks in agricultural supply chain of Odisha in India using the SWARA (Step-wise Weight Assessment Ratio Analysis) method based on the four main categories in agricultural sector such as crops, livestock, fishing and forestry & logging. In addition to the above, this study also ranks the risks based on agricultural supply chain related risk considering the important risk variables involved in the supply chain.
    Keywords: Agricultural sector; Supply chain; Risks; Ranking; SWARA; Odisha.

  • Comparative Study of MCDM Methods under Different Levels of Uncertainty   Order a copy of this article
    by Akshay Hinduja, Manju Pandey 
    Abstract: Often, data in MCDM problems are imprecise and changeable due to the mandatory participation of human judgment, which is often unclear and vague. Hence the selection of an appropriate MCDM method is crucial to the optimal decision making. All the MCDM methods are heavily affected by individual or group preferences and therefore even a small change in the data can cause rank-reversal. With the regular proliferation of such methods and their modifications, it is important to carry out a comparative study that provides comprehensive insight into their performances under uncertain conditions. In this paper, we use the Monte Carlo simulation approach to empirically compare the results of five well-known and widely applied MCDM methods, WSM, WPM, TOPSIS, GRA, and MULTIMOORA under different levels of uncertainty. The findings of this paper will assist decision makers in the selection of most robust and reliable MCDM methods for different decision scenarios. The results of this research are significant additions to the current repository of knowledge in the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis as well as the literature pertaining to the Information Systems. It also provides insights for many managerial applications of these MCDM methods.
    Keywords: Multi-Criteria Decision Making; Comparative analysis of MCDM Methods; Monte-Carlo Simulation; Uncertainty.

  • Integrating Statistical Correlation with Discrete Multi-Criteria Decision Making   Order a copy of this article
    by Malik Haddad, David Sanders, Giles Tewkesbury, Nils Bausch 
    Abstract: This paper analyses two hypotheses that considers a correlation between the number of alternatives and the number of criteria considered in a Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) problem with the minimum percentage change required in the lowest criterion weight to change the outcome of a method. Two MCDM methods are considered, The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and The Preference Ranking Organization METHod for Enrichment of Evaluations II (PROMETHEE II) were applied to the same sets of criteria weights and performance measures. More than two thousand randomly generated sets of criteria weights and performance measures are considered. The minimum percentage change in the lowest criterion weight required to change the outcome of a method is calculated. Pearsons r parametric test is used to test the hypotheses. Results from parametric test were statistically significant and shows a weak negative correlation for hypothesis one and weak positive correlation for hypothesis two.
    Keywords: Multiple Criteria Decision Making; AHP; PROMETHEE II; Correlation; Criteria; Pearson’s r parametric test.

  • Performance Evaluation in a Two-stage Network-DEA with Intermediate Products   Order a copy of this article
    by Hoda Golshani, Mohammad Khoveyni, Hadi Bagherzadeh Valami, Robabeh Eslami 
    Abstract: A main difference between conventional data envelopment analysis (DEA) and network DEA (NDEA) is considering the internal structure of a decision making unit (DMU)‎. The existing NDEA methodologies neglect to address the issue of incorporating the influenced of intermediate directly in objective function. To overcome this shortcoming, we are setting an NSBM model for evaluating the overall efficiency score by using two steps in a generic two-stage structure. Hence, we solve an additive model for finding the amount of optimal value of intermediate measures, firstly. Then, our modified NSBM model have incorporated optimal value of objective function is introduced. So, our sole contribution will be introducing a model for finding overall efficiency and calculating unique value for stage efficiencies, input, intermediate and output oriented efficiency that is an important issue in network research area. Finally, an empirical example is provided for verifying our proposed approach.
    Keywords: Data envelopment analysis (DEA); Intermediate products; Slack-based measure (SBM); Efficiency; Network-DEA (NDEA); Two-stage; Intermediate-oriented efficiency.

  • Surveying forecasting: a review and directions for future research   Order a copy of this article
    by Shari De Baets 
    Abstract: How is forecasting doing in todays world? Its a question researchers have been asking for a long time. For half a century, we have been surveying practitioners, conference attendees, other academics, managers and high-level executives. From the introduction of forecasting in organisations onward, we have questioned technique use and familiarity, accuracy and evaluation methods, the place of forecasting within organisations and the hurdles and barriers that prevent forecasting from evolving as fast in practice as it does in academia. This paper summarizes these findings and concludes with a number of recommendations for future surveys, as we will need to continue tracking the state of the art of forecasting practice. Recommendations includes surveying the analysts rather than the forecasting managers, using an international sample, focusing on process-oriented performance measures and looking into the barriers that prevent a more widespread adoption of sophisticated forecasting techniques.
    Keywords: forecasting survey; practitioners; forecast improvement.

  • An ontology-based approach for automatic goal requirements engineering in data warehouse design   Order a copy of this article
    by Fahmi Bargui, Hanene Ben-abdallah 
    Abstract: Goal-oriented approaches in data warehouse development projects still face two main issues. First, analysts often lack domain knowledge required during goal decomposition. This may lead to identifying erroneous requirements that most likely propagate to the remaining project phases, potentially leading to the project failure. Second, the identification of the data warehouse content from requirements is done manually by the designers in an error-prone process. In this paper, we address these two issues. We propose an ontology that formalizes and automates the reasoning about decision-making knowledge, which allows analysts to compensate their lack of domain knowledge during goal decomposition. In addition, to demonstrate the feasibility of our proposal we present a semi-automatic process that assists the construction of the ontology. Furthermore, the proposed ontology ensures the traceability between both decision-making and data warehouse knowledge. Thanks to this traceability, we propose a set of rules that automatically derive a data warehouse schema from requirements specification.
    Keywords: Decision Support Systems; Data Warehouse; Data Mart; Multidimensional modeling; Requirements elicitation; Goal-oriented Requirements Engineering; Automatic Reasoning; Ontology.

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  • Modeling Time Complexity of Micro-Genetic Algorithms for Online Traffic Control Decisions   Order a copy of this article
    by Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, Kenan Hazirbaba, Omer Mughieda, Bassant Abdelrahman 
    Abstract: Genetic Algorithms are especially effective optimization tool when (near) optimal solutions for traffic control decisions for large-scale combinatorial problems are sought in real time. Optimizing online traffic control in urban networks is such a problem where online control decisions are recurrently sought based on real-time traffic information input. Limited time is available to reach near optimal solutions hence the best-thus-far solution (BTFS) is often the best one can do. It is thus critical that the best of BTFSs is identified. For that, offline evaluation is necessary to ensure appropriate combination of GA parameters and operators are selected for the real time online implementation in a real world setting. This paper describes an experimental approach to test the suitability of micro-Genetic Algorithms (m-GAs) to solve very large combinatorial traffic control problems and establishes relationships between time to convergence and problem size. A discrete time dynamical traffic control problem with different sizes and levels of complexity was used as a test-bed. The results showed that m-GAs can tackle computationally demanding problems. Upon appropriately sizing the m-GA population, the m-GA converged to a near-optimal solution in a number of generations equal to the string length. The results also demonstrated that with the selection of appropriate number of generations, it is possible to get most of the worth of the theoretically optimal solution but with only a fraction of the computation cost. The results showed that as the size of the optimization problem grew exponentially, the time requirements of m-GA grew only linearly thus making m-GAs especially suited for optimizing large scale and combinatorial problems for on-line optimization.
    Keywords: On-line Traffic Control Decisions; Genetic Algorithms; Sustainable Transport; Genetic Algorithms Convergence.

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  • Decision Aid System for Omani medical herb leaves recognition using computer vision and artificial intelligence   Order a copy of this article
    by Majed Bouchahma, Mohsin Al- Balushi, Sheikha Al-Housni, Hamood Al-Wardi 
    Abstract: Herbs have been widely used in food preparation, medicine and cosmetic industry. Knowing which herbs to be used would be very critical in these applications. This research aims to define a method to classify the herbs plants based on their leaves colors and shapes. An Open Source Decision Aid System is designed and developed especially for helping scientist. The proposed system employs artificial and image processing techniques to perform recognition on a number of Omani species of medical herbs.
    Keywords: Decision Aid System; medical herbs; computer vision; artificial intelligence;SURF.