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  • “Cost and Revenue Constrained Production”, Rolf Faere and Shawna Grosskopf, 170 pages, ISBN 0-387-94175-4 (1994)
    “The traditional theory of the firm that serves as the under- pinnings of what we know as neoclassical production theory has proved to be a useful basic model. This book is concerned with a class of models that builds on this basic form by supposing that the decision-maker is constrained by some budgetary or revenue requirement. These models are both interesting in their own right and of fundamental importance in modeling sectors such as the service or public sectors. The book includes an expanded set of duality results and helpful tools for empirical implementation such as:

    • parameterizations;
    • application to efficiency and productivity measurement;
    • shadow pricing.

    The authors have sought to present a reasonably rigorous treatment of the subject that is self-contained. It is based on lectures given to graduate students and so will be accessible to all those whose research concerns production theory.”


  • “A Microeconomic Approach to the Measurement of Economic Performance. Productivity Growth, Capacity Utilization, and Related Performance Indicators”, Catherine J. Morrison, 296 pages, ISBN 0-387-97907-7 (1993)
    “Based on courses offered at Bilkent and Tufts Universities, this text will help readers carry out and interpret analyses of economic performance, with an emphasis of productivity growth. Its coverage includes:

    • Traditional methods for measurement of productivity growth, as well as its adaptations and newer development;
    • Measures of capacity utilization, and their interpretation;
    • Interactions among measures of productivity growth, returns to scale, and capacity utilization;
    • Empirical implementation;
    • Factors affecting productivity growth.

    This book provides a framework to allow consideration of how different aspects of firm behavior underlying productivity growth are interrelated; how they can be measured consistently in a parametric model; and how they permit a well-defined decomposition of standard productivity growth measures.”


  • “Hypercube Algorithms. With Applications to Image Processing and Pattern Recognition”, Sanjay Ranka, Sartaj Sahni, 237 pages, ISBN 0-387-97322-2 (1990)
    “Fundamental algorithms for SIMD and MIMD hypercubes are developed. These include algorithms for such problems as data broadcasting, data sum, prefix sum, shift, data circulation, data accumulation, sorting, random access reads and writes, and data permutation. The fundamental algorithms are then used to obtain efficient hypercube algorithms for matrix multiplication; image processing problems such as convolution, template matching. Hough transform, clustering, and image transformations; and string editing. Most of the algorithms in this book are for hypercubes with the number of processors being a function of problem size. However, for image processing problems the book also includes algorithms for an MIMD hypercube with a small number of processors. Experimental results on an NCUBE/7 MIMD hypercube are also presented.This book is self contained and is suitable for use in a course on hypercube algorithms.”


  • “Regenerative Inventory Systems. Operating Characteristics and Optimization”, Izzet Sahin, 175 pages, ISBN 0-387-97134-3 (1990)
    “This is renewal-theoretic analysis of a class of single-item (s, S) inventory systems. Included in a unified exposition are both continuous and periodic review systems. The monograph starts from the derivation of the time-dependent and stationary distributions of basic stochastic processes related to these systems and concludes with the construction and testing of simple, distribution-free approximations for optimal control policies. Its main focus is on systems with full backlogging of unfilled demand and constant lead times. Extensions to two-shipment order arrials, ordering delays, and random lead times are also considered.The book is written both for researchers and practitioners. It can also be used as a textbook to support a graduate course in inventory theory. The level is intermediate and the style is informal. Some prior knowledge of probability theory and inventory control is assumed on the part of the reader.”