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We develop stochastic integer programming techniques tailored toward solving a Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) ring design problem with uncertain demands. Our approach is based on an L-shaped algorithm, whose (integer) master program prescribes a candidate network design, and whose (continuous) subproblems relay information regarding potential shortage(More)
OBJECTIVE The underlying changes in biological processes that are associated with reported changes in mental and physical health in response to meditation have not been systematically explored. We performed a randomized, controlled study on the effects on brain and immune function of a well-known and widely used 8-week clinical training program in(More)
This study is an attempt to rigorously map the psychological effects of Zen meditation among experienced practitioners. Fifty-nine Zen meditators with at least six years of experience practiced an hour of traditional Zazen seated meditation. A control group of 24 college students spent 60 min silently reading popular magazines. Before relaxation, all(More)
We address a variant of the Traveling Salesman Problem known as the Close-Enough Trav-eling Salesman Problem (CETSP), where the traveler visits a node if it enters a compact neighborhood set of that node. We formulate a mixed-integer programming model based on a discretization scheme for the problem. Both lower and upper bounds on the optimal CETSP tour(More)