ENBIS-7 in Dortmund

24 – 26 September 2007

My abstracts


The following abstracts have been accepted for this event:

  • Taut String as an Alternative to Empirical Distribution Estimators for System Loads in Logistics

    Authors: Sonja Kuhnt (1) and Christoph Schürmann(2)
    Primary area of focus / application:
    Submitted at 24-Jun-2007 09:02 by
    Large systems or networks are frequently analysed in logistics with the aid of simulation models. Meaningful
    conclusions can only be derived if the simulation model is a good image of reality. System loads such as arrival
    times of customers or order quantities are often generated from stochastic distributions. The empirical distribution
    function is the straightforward choice to derive such a distribution from an observed real-life data set if no information
    concerning the underlying model structure is given. As an alternative we consider a distribution estimator based on taut
    string methods. The resulting distribution function generally has fewer knots than the empirical distribution function,
    leading to a reduced simulation effort. We conduct a simulation study to compare the behaviour of empirical distributions
    and taut string estimates with estimates of normal distributions and of distributions from the true family. Distribution
    families relevant for system loads as exponential, normal, uniform and t-distribution are treated. The distance between
    the estimated and true distribution is measured in terms of Kolmogorov-Smirnov and quantile distances.


    (1) Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Technical University Eindhoven
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    (2) Department of Statistics
    University of Dortmund
    Dortmund, Germany

    Specifics: poster presentation
  • Statistical Issues in Search Engine Marketing

    Authors: Steinberg, D.M. (1), Matas, A. (2), Schamroth, Y. (2)
    Primary area of focus / application:
    Submitted at 24-Jun-2007 09:03 by
    Search Engine Marketing - the paid ads you get when you search on the world wide web - is a rapidly expanding economic
    sector. Effective use of SEM requires analytical methodologies that will support decision making. We present here methods
    we have applied and created specifically for this zone of eCommerce, that allow for effective planning of advertising
    campaigns, based on the results from previous adverts. These methods include modeling the effect of a particular bid
    on Cost-per-Click, Position, Click-through-rate, Impressions, Conversions and ultimately Profit. Once modeled, these
    relationships are used to optimize profit at the keyword level. We describe challenges that arise in these efforts,
    particularly those stemming from the dynamically changing environment of competitor behavior, and the corresponding
    solutions we have developed. We apply multiple inference techniques to quantify estimated error allowing for accurate
    decision making per keyword. Finally, we present operations research solutions allowing a particular campaign to be
    globally optimized.


    (1) Department of Statistics & OR, Tel Aviv University

    (2) Media Boost, LTD, Israel
  • Phase I statistical control of key indicators in health care

    Authors: Stefano Barone (1), Arturo Caranna (2), Valeria Fonti (3)
    Primary area of focus / application:
    Submitted at 24-Jun-2007 13:57 by
    A current challenge health care providers are facing all over the world is the definition of adequate metrics to
    constantly measure, monitor and control the quality of their services and related costs. The identification of
    quantitative indicators for the key processes is a first necessary step. In a preceding work, the authors presented
    an approach to define a set of indicators and its successful implementation at ''IRCCS Oasi Maria SS.'', a no-profit
    organization for care and research on mental retardation and brain ageing.

    In this article the first results of the statistical analysis of indicators data is presented. Collected data concern
    two-years of activity. They were analyzed by the perspective of statistical process control. Particularly, since they
    were the first analyzed data, they were used to set up the statistical control framework (phase I).

    The main output is a restricted set of control charts, giving top management the possibility to monitor on a
    continuous basis the vital processes of the organization, having effect on the quality of provided care, related
    services and customer (patient/family) satisfaction.

    Performance indicators in heath care, phase I statistical process control, statistical monitoring, key indicators.


    (1) Assistant Professor, University of Palermo, stbarone@dtpm.unipa.it,
    Dipartimento di Tecnologia Meccanica, Produzione e Ingegneria Gestionale,
    Viale delle Scienze, Palermo - Italy

    (2) Dr., IRCCS Oasi Maria SS., acaranna@oasi.en.it, Via Conte Ruggero, Troina - Italy

    (3) PhD. Student, University of Palermo, vfonti@dtpm.unipa.it,
    Dipartimento di Tecnologia Meccanica, Produzione e Ingegneria Gestionale,
    Viale delle Scienze, Palermo - Italy
  • Spiralling in BTA Deep-Hole-Drilling: Combining Statistical and Physical Models

    Authors: Nils Raabe, Dirk Enk, Oliver Webber, Claus Weihs, and Dirk Biermann (University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany)
    Primary area of focus / application:
    Submitted at 24-Jun-2007 13:59 by
    One serious problem in deep-hole drilling is the formation of a dynamic
    disturbance called spiralling. Spiralling can be explained by the
    convergence of bending eigenfrequencies with multiples of the rotational
    frequency. In former work we therefore proposed a combination of
    statistical and physical models describing the course of the

    In our current work we discuss how this model can be used to predict
    the occurrence of spiralling. As recent experiments showed the
    crossing of multiples of the rotational frequency and bending
    eigenfrequencies yields a resonance effect on the specific multiple.
    By connecting the amplitude of this resonance to quality
    measurements of the workpiece this amplitude can be used as a
    quantification of spiralling. This transforms the binary problem of
    the decision between 'spiralling' and 'no spiralling' into a
    continuous problem and opens up the opportunity of a more explicit
    investigation of spiralling and its impact on the workpiece.
  • Statistical Modelling of Springback Simulation

    Authors: Hilke Kracker (1), Marco Gösling (2)
    Primary area of focus / application:
    Submitted at 24-Jun-2007 14:02 by
    engineering applications physical processes can be simulated by complex
    computer models also called computer experiments. Deep drawing is such
    example, where forming and springback can be simulated using finite

    Such simulations are usually very complex: they are based on many
    input parameters and calculation of a response can be
    time-consuming. Hence, even with a simulation at hand we do not
    entirely understand the input – output relationship at once.

    An approach to gain more insight into the input – output
    relationship is to build a statistical model based on a restricted
    number of evaluations of the computer code. In this talk we will
    compare the adequacy of different statistical methods for
    approximating the springback simulation for a class of workpiece
    geometries. We discuss the adequacy of the statistical models in
    terms of their approximation accuracy and interpretability.


    (1) University of Dortmund,
    Department of Statistics, 44221 Dortmund,

    (2) University of Dortmund,
    Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction, 44221
  • Residual Analysis in Experimental Design

    Authors: Janet Godolphin (University of Surrey, Guildford, Great Britain)
    Primary area of focus / application:
    Submitted at 24-Jun-2007 14:15 by
    Engineers are well aware that standard experimental analyses depend upon various model assumptions about the data to which they relate concerning such key issues as experimental units, factors, blocking and response variable. Violations of model assumptions are usually investigated by plotting and examining least squares and standardised residuals.
    Despite the success of these diagnostic procedures, however, it is sometimes difficult to obtain exact tests of critical model assumptions because, unlike the true errors, least squares residuals are correlated and have unequal variances. In this presentation it is shown how to define and use a set of uncorrelated residuals with a common variance to examine these assumptions.
    Such techniques are demonstrated to be of particular value in industrial experimentation when the nature of the experimental runs means that observations are indexed by time. It is suggested that the resulting test procedures should complement the usual methods. The construction of this set of uncorrelated residuals is established and shown to be straightforward for practical use when checking for model adequacy.

    Specifics: Author prefers to give a talk.