Simulation-optimization studies :under efficient stimulationstrategies, and a novel response surface methodology algorithm
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The focus of this work is on the simulation-optimization technique of response surface methodology (RSM). RSM is a collection of mathematical and statistical techniques for experimental optimization. Correlation induction strategies can be employed in RSM to achieve improved statistical inferences on experimental designs and sequential experimentations. Also, the search procedures currently employed by RSM algorithms can be improved by incorporating gradient deflection methods.
This dissertation has three major goals: (a) develop analytical results to quantitatively express the gains of using the common random number (CRN) strategy of variance reduction over direct simulation (independent streams or IS strategy) at each stage RSM, (b) develop a new RSM algorithm by incorporating gradient deflection methods in existing RSM algorithms, and (c) to conduct extensive empirical studies to quantify: (i) the use of eRN strategy over direct simulation in a standard RSM algorithm, and (ii) the gains of the new RSM algorithm over a standard existing RSM algorithm.
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