Navigating Concave Regions in Continuous Facility Location Problems

In prior literature regarding facility location problems, there has been little explicit acknowledgement of problems arising from concave (non-convex) regions. By extension, there is a distinct deficiency in existing methods to deal with them outside of problem relaxation. In this work, we present a novel algorithm for finding representative regional center-points, referred to as “Concave … Read more

A Column Generation Algorithm for Vehicle Scheduling and Routing Problems

During natural or anthropogenic disasters, humanitarian organizations (HO) are faced with the time sensitive task of sending critical resources from multiple depots to the affected areas that can be scattered across a region. This responsibility includes the quick acquisition of vehicles from the local market and the preparation of pickup and delivery schedules and vehicle … Read more

Robust Nonparametric Testing for Causal Inference in Observational Studies

We consider the decision problem of making causal conclusions from observational data. Typically, using standard matched pairs techniques, there is a source of uncertainty that is not usually quanti fied, namely the uncertainty due to the choice of the experimenter: two di fferent reasonable experimenters can easily have opposite results. In this work we present an alternative … Read more

Robust Testing for Causal Inference in Observational Studies

A vast number of causal inference studies use matching techniques, where treatment cases are matched with similar control cases. For observational data in particular, we claim there is a major source of uncertainty that is essentially ignored in these tests, which is the way the assignments of matched pairs are constructed. It is entirely possible, … Read more