New trends in Stochastic Modeling and Data Analysis
This is the first book devoted to the 3rd Stochastic Modeling Techniques and Data Analysis (SMTDA) International Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, June 11-14, 2014. Revised and expanded forms of papers from the conference presentations are included. SMTDA main objective is to publish papers, both theoretical or practical, presenting new results having potential for solving real-life problems. Another important objective is to present new methods for solving these problems by analyzing the relevant data. Also, the use of recent advances in different fields is promoted such as for example, new optimization and statistical methods, data warehouse, data mining and knowledge systems, computing-aided decision supports and neural computing. The first Chapter includes papers on Asymptotic Analysis of Stochastic Systems with Complex Structure, whereas contributions on Markov and semi-Markov models are included in the second Chapter. Papers on Clustering and Partitioning for particular cases are included in the third Chapter, and papers on Survival Analysis and Branching Processes are presented in the fourth Chapter. Papers on Stochastics methods and techniques are presented in the fifth Chapter along with Data Analysis papers included in the sixth Chapter. Chapter seven includes papers on Demography and Related Applications, whereas Stochastic Processes, Copulas and Actuarial Applications are analyzed in Chapter eight. Many thanks to the authors for their contribution and our sincere thanks to the referees to their hard work and dedication in providing an improved book form. We acknowledge the valuable support of the SMTDA committees and the secretariat. We are happy for editing another book of the SMTDA series.