Application of a Markov decision process in collection center operations

Mora-Ochomogo, Irais and Serrato, Marco and Mora-Vargas, Jaime and Akhavan, Raha (2022) Application of a Markov decision process in collection center operations. In: Regis-Hernández, Fabiola and Mora-Vargas, Jaime and Sánchez-Partida, Diana and Ruiz, Angel, (eds.) Humanitarian Logistics from the Disaster Risk Reduction Perspective: Theory and Applications. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 407-428. ISBN 9783030908768 (Print) 9783030908775 (Online)

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With the increase of disasters around the world, the need to improve the response becomes crucial. In many countries worldwide, this response arrives in for of in-kind donations. This chapter presents two numerical applications of a Markov Decision Process. In the first one, the existence of a Monotone Optimal Non-Decreasing Policy is tested under the five conditions defined by Puterman. The second is a case study of a hurricane Katia in Mexico where the behavior of the policy is evaluated, and a sensitivity analysis of the operating costs is performed.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collection centers; Disaster relief; Donations management; Humanitarian logistics; Markov decision process
Divisions: Sabancı Business School
Depositing User: Raha Akhavan
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2023 22:33
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 22:33

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