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Performance Evaluation and Attribution Volume 1

  • 2nd Edition
  • November 1, 2024
  • Russ Wermers + 1 more
  • English
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Performance Evaluation and Attribution Volume 1: Asset Pricing and Models, Second Edition, presents an updated, comprehensive exploration of portfolio evaluation. Based on the authors’ Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios (2012) this Second Edition adds four new chapters and updated content throughout in its practical approach to measuring manager skills and using recent statistical techniques to solve investment problems. Added are new factor models, including the newly developed q-factor model and the new models of Fama and French; new examples; and new work on qualitative considerations used in performance evaluation. Highly detailed, Performance Evaluation and Attribution Volume 1: Asset Pricing and Models, Second Edition, Second Edition, combines academic rigor with practical applications and guidance for applications of diverse approaches.

Keynesian Behavioral Macroeconomics

  • 1st Edition
  • November 1, 2024
  • Theodore Koutsobinas
  • English
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Keynesian Behavioral Macroeconomics analyses Keynes’s landmark contributions in behavioral economics and develops a new and fresh genre of macroeconomic analysis. It compels us to consider seriously the earlier-generation warnings about the impact of investors’ animal spirits and financiers’ liquidity-presence using cognitive-based and social psychology heuristics. Innovative in its subject matter, approach, theoretical development and policy prescriptions, this constructivist pluralist approach can contribute to important debates. This fresh look in macroeconomics can fruitfully be applied by macroeconomists, policymakers, and market participants to prevent effective demand shortages, stimulate the economy, preserve job creation, and impact redistribution, sustainability and social inclusion. In this timely book, Theodore Koutsobinas develops a synthesis of Keynes’s macroeconomic theory with contemporary developments in behavioral macroeconomics to analyze urgent real-world challenges, and he proposes successful solutions for macroeconomic policy. This volume uniquely explains how Keynes’s magnificent, crucial, but long-forgotten dynamics can be analyzed on the basis of behavioral foundations to explain amplified global finance cycles, booms and busts, and macroeconomic instability with harmful effects on incomes and jobs. It builds constructively and systematically over three decades on themes identified and introduced first by Keynes, then his Cambridge disciples such as Kahn and Kaldor, and later elaborated on by notable Keynesian and Post Keynesian scholars such as Davidson, Minsky and Tobin and relating them to cognitive and social psychology. It will be a valuable and lively reading resource for students, scholars, policymakers and market practitioners interested in fresh and growing outlooks in macroeconomic analysis amidst fast technological changes, globalization, financialization and geopolitical repercussions, as well as in overlapping themes in related fields such as in economic theory, financial economics, public policy, economic psychology and political economy.

Ecohydrology of Kerala

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Salom Gnana Thanga Vincent + 3 more
  • English
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Ecohydrology of Kerala: River Catchments and Coastal Backwaters presents 20 years of research to provide suggestions for sustainable management solutions for issues surrounding the urbanization of the rivers of Kerala. This helps identify major issues and develop management strategies. Themes explored include biogeochemistry of rivers/estuarine systems, productivity and trophic status, biology: fauna and flora, biodiversity, threats and conservation, invasive species and impact on riverine ecology, landscape/land use/land cover change in the catchment, socioeconomic status of catchment population, economic and livelihood activities along the river courses/estuaries (river and estuarine tourism, sand extraction, fisheries), pollution monitoring and assessment, impacts of climate change, and more. This book can be used as a tool in the holistic management of resources, and to devise proper mitigation measures. The content of the book is a model for other tropical regions and countries with rapidly developing economies and populations

Algal Bioreactors

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Eduardo Jacob-Lopes + 2 more
  • English
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Algal Bioreactors: Science, Engineering and Technology of Upstream Processes, Volume One, is part of a comprehensive two-volume set that provides all of the knowledge needed to design, develop, and operate algal bioreactors for the production of renewable resources. Supported by critical parameters and properties, mathematical models and calculations, methods, and practical real-world case studies, readers will find everything they need to know on the upstream and downstream processes of algal bioreactors for renewable resource production.Bringing together renowned experts in microalgal biotechnology, this book will help researchers, scientists, and engineers from academia and industry overcome barriers and advance the production of renewable resources and renewable energy from algae. Students will also find invaluable explanations of the fundamentals and key principles of algal bioreactors, making it an accessible read for students of engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and environmental sciences.

Algal Bioreactors

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Eduardo Jacob-Lopes + 2 more
  • English
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Algal Bioreactors: Science, Engineering and Technology of Downstream Processes, Volume Two, is part of a comprehensive two-volume set that provides the knowledge needed to design, develop, and operate algal bioreactors for the production of renewable resources. Supported by critical parameters and properties, mathematical models and calculations, methods, and practical real-world case studies, readers will find everything they need to know on the upstream and downstream processes of algal bioreactors for renewable resource production.Bringing together renowned experts in microalgal biotechnology, this book will help researchers, scientists, and engineers from academia and industry overcome barriers and advance the production of renewable resources and renewable energy from algae. Students will also find invaluable explanations of the fundamentals and key principles of algal bioreactors, making it an accessible read for students of engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and environmental sciences.

Renewable Energy Finance

  • 2nd Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Santosh Raikar + 1 more
  • English
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Renewable Energy Finance: Theory and Practice, Second Edition integrates the special characteristics of renewable energy with key elements of project finance. Through a mixture of fundamental analysis and real-life examples, readers learn how renewable energy project finance deals mix finance, public policy, legal, engineering and environmental issues. This book investigates the economics of large-scale green power production and incentive mechanisms and how they fit into the global energy industries. It also examines how distributed energy resources such as residential solar and batteries can be financed at the scale needed to play a significant role in the future energy mix.The authors examine how renewable energy projects get financed and built using modern non-recourse project finance structures. It also highlights recent innovations such as Green Bonds and Sustainability Linked Loans that have emerged in the context of ESG investments. The scope of the book is global, and it illustrates how renewable energy project finance has evolved in various places (such as the tax-equity structures used in the United States, due to the corporate tax incentives used there) to cope with local regulatory and policy environments.

The Danube River

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Jürg Bloesch + 4 more
  • English
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The Danube River is a brand-new volume in the Elsevier Ecohydrology from Catchment to Coast series. The book focuses on the second largest river in Europe and the most transboundary river basin that encompasses 19 countries. Chapters focus on changes to the area in the past decade and a way forward. Made up of three parts, the book starts with an overview, covers The Danube River and its recipient, the Black Sea, including sediment balance, water quality, hydromorphology and aquatic biodiversity.Section two covers the key pressures and implementation of transboundary water management such as aquatic resources, invasive species, climate change, and stakeholder participation. Section three assess visions for a sustainable future in the Danube River Basin with a look to applicable sustainability, ecosystems, human interaction, and improving biodiversity through floodplains. The book concludes with a summary and outlook.

Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Analysis for Civil Engineering Applications

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Hossein Bonakdari + 2 more
  • English
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Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Analysis for Civil Engineering Applications helps civil engineers by outlining state-of-the-art tactics for quantitative decision-making to optimally select the appropriate approach when faced with operational issues, or to prioritize projects among multiple options. Authored by recognized experts in the field, the volume proves to be a balanced reference book that’s essential not just for civil engineers, but also for a wide variety of audiences in interconnected disciplines.Decision-making is a key factor to achieve success in any discipline, especially in a field which requires handling large amounts of information and is based on calculations as civil engineering. Most processes and procedures are a compendium of many different tasks and requirements of each project under development, also involving a great variety of specific factors and numerical values to be considered. Making decisions in such environments can often be an arduous endeavor, and that is why the need for analytical criteria capable of assisting with untangling complex scenarios has arisen preponderantly.

Fuzzy Methods for Assessment and Decision Making

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Michael Gr. Voskoglou
  • English
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Assessment is a very important component of human activities because it helps in determining possible mistakes and in improving performance by preventing the repeat of such mistakes in future. Fuzzy Methods for Assessment and Decision Making presents the assessment of learning and problem-solving skills with qualitative grades. These methods are outcomes of the author’s research work on the subject for more than 20 years. In particular, a hybrid assessment model is developed using the Center of Gravity (COG) defuzzification technique, closed real intervals (grey numbers), neutrosophic sets and soft sets as tools. The book starts with the basic mathematical background which is needed for the understanding of its contents. The Rectangular Fuzzy Assessment Model (RFAM) of Subbotin and Voskoglou is presented next, the outcomes of which are compared to those of the GPA index. The necessary information follows regarding the learning and problem-solving processes, and the book then presents the hybrid assessment model. Dr. Voskoglou presents innovative fuzzy assessment methods, enabling the reader to assess the mean and quality performance of learning or problem-solving skills of a group of students when qualitative (linguistic) grades are used for this purpose. In the case of using linguistic grades for the assessment of a group’s skills, the classical method of calculating the mean value of the (numerical) grades cannot be applied. Also, no safe conclusions can be obtained on comparing the quality performance of two groups when the values of their GPA index are equal. The fuzzy assessment methods presented in this book solve these problems. Further, the use of neutrosophic sets enables readers to obtain safer results when there are doubts about the accuracy of the grades assigned to students, while the use of soft sets enables a parametric assessment of the group's overall performance. Furthermore, the book presents a variety of applications of Fuzzy assessment as well as the principles and application of fuzzy decision making, which is fundamental for a wide variety of AI, machine learning, computational intelligence, and knowledge engineering applications.

Mechanism Design, Behavioral Science and Artificial Intelligence in International Relations

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2024
  • Tshilidzi Marwala
  • English
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Recent advances in AI and Mechanism Design provide a vital tool for solving collective action problems, common in international relations. By using AI to optimize mechanisms for cooperation and coordination, we can better address issues such as climate change, trade, and security. Mechanism Design, Behavioral Science and Artificial Intelligence in International Relations shows readers how the intersection of Mechanism Design and Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the way we approach international relations. By using AI to optimize mechanisms, we can design better institutions, policies, and agreements that are more effective and efficient. Dr. Tshilidzi Marwala, United Nations University Rector and UN Under-Secretary General, presents the essential technologies used in Game Theory, Mechanism Design and AI and applies these to significant global issues such as interstate conflict, cybersecurity, and energy. International relations are a complex field, with many different actors and interests in play. By incorporating AI into our analysis and decision-making processes, we can better understand and predict the behavior of multiple actors and design mechanisms that take these behaviors into account, thereby producing more desirable and creative interdisciplinary approaches. The book presents real-world applications of these rapidly evolving technologies in crucial research fields such as Interstate Conflict, International Trade, Climate Change, Water management, Energy, cybersecurity, and global finance.