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Predicting Farms’ Donations to Food Banks using the Analytic Hierarchical Process and Dempster Shafer TheoryWe present an analysis of factors contributing to the annual level of donation of sweet potatoes in 2010-2016 to a North Carolina food bank. Our approach follows that of Su et al., who used the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Dempster-Shafer theory (DST) to assess annual grain security in China for 1997-2007. We first identified the indices (or factors or criteria) that influence the level of donation and their “directions:” positive (the more the better), negative, or non-directional (average is best). We divided the range of each index into degrees (intervals) then applied AHP to get weights for the indices.more »
Abstract—Networks have entered the mainstream lexicon over the last ten years. This coincides with the pervasive use of networks in a host of disciplines of interest to industry and academia, including biology, neurology, genomics, psychology, social sciences, economics, psychology, and cyber-physical systems and infrastructure. Several dozen journals and conferences regularly contain articles related to networks. Yet, there are no general purpose cyberinfrastructures (CI) that can be used across these varied disciplines and domains. Furthermore, while there are scientific gateways that include some network science capabilities for particular domains (e.g., biochemistry, genetics), there are no general-purpose network-based scientific gateways. In thismore »