Statistics Homework Help
Question 1: Probability Distribution (35 points)
We are given a sample of past 100 daily profits of a store. Examine the following distribution fit to the profit generated with @Risk:
Answer the following question:
- a) (3 pt.) Determine whether variable profit in this sample is continuous or discrete and explain.
- b) (3 pt.) What is the mean and standard deviation of the profit sample?
- c) (3 pt.) Determine the best distribution fit (based on the Chi-square statistic) from the list of candidate distributions used.
- d) (8 pt.) The analytical consultant of the store suggests using a Normal distribution to simulate future daily profits of the store and use that to estimate the annual profits. Do you agree with this consultant? Explain!
- e) (8 pt.) Another analytical consultant argues that using an empirical distribution to simulate future profits is better than fitting a theoretical distribution. Do you agree with this consultant? Explain!
- f) (10 pt.) If you were an analytical consultant, what would be your recommendation to simulate future profits (in terms of distribution)?
Question 2: Simulation (35 points) – Do not build simulation model –
Alphans, Inc. is a small company that designs, produces and sells Ski jackets and other coats. The creative design team has labored for weeks over its new design for the coming winter season. It is now time to decide how many Ski jackets to produce in the production run. Because of the lead times involved, no other production runs will be possible during the season. Predicting sales of Ski jackets months in advance of the selling season can be quite tricky. Alphans has been in operation for only 3 years, and its Ski jacket designs were quite successful in two of those years. Based on realized sales from the last 3 years, current economic conditions and professional judgment, the company has estimated demand for their new design for the upcoming season.
To assist in the decision on the number of units for the production run, management has gathered the data below. Note that R is the price Alphans charges retailers. If Alphans does not produce enough jackets, there will be a shortage cost S per unit of demand that is not satisfied. Any Ski jackets that do not sell during the season can be sold by Alphans to discounters for V per jacket. The fixed cost of plant and equipment is F. This cost is incurred regardless of the size of the production run. The variable cost per jacket is C.
|Variable production cost per unit (C):||$70|
|Shortage cost (S)||$10|
|Retail price per unit (R):||$100|
|Salvage value per unit (V):||$20|
|Fixed production cost (F):||$50,000|
You have been asked to assist the Alphans management in deciding on the best quantity for the production run. They are interested in maximizing their mean profit, but at the same time they do not want to be exposed to large downside risk because they do not have large cash reserves as a young company.
You realize that simulation can be quite helpful. In particular, you realize the demand (D) is uncertain and your goal is to pick the best quantity (Q) for the production run. You use the normal distribution with mean 9,000 units and a standard deviation of 1,500 units to estimate the demand based on the prediction of the employees.
- a) (8 pt.) Given the above information (C, S, R, V, F, D, and Q), formulate an expression to calculate the profit from Ski jackets. Be as specific as possible for full credit.
Assume you built a simulation model that calculates the expected profit for Alphans when 9,000 Ski jackets are produced based on 1,000 iterations. The profit distribution generated is given in the figure below:
- b) (7 pt.) Explain the shape of the distribution. In particular: why is there a spike?
- c) (7 pt.) How would the profit change if the standard deviation of the demand increases? Answer in terms of expectedprofit and risk.
- d) (7 pt.) How would the profit change if you simulated 2,000 iterations of demand, instead of 1,000 iterations? Answer in terms of expectedprofit and risk.
Now, assume you use the RiskSimTable() function to test multiple values of Q, ranging from 5,000 to 12,000 in increments of 1,000, and compute the Mean, Standard Deviation, and the Probability that a profit will be below $0 (probability of loss). The simulated table is given below:
- e) (3 pt.) Given this table, what is the value of Qthat maximizes the expected profit?
- f) (3 pt.) If you were risk averse, what is your recommended quantity (Q) for the production? Explain.
Question 3: Optimization (30 points) – Do not build optimization model –
Ossur, a small prosthesis manufacturer has been contracted by the Red Cross to provide artificial legs and arms for those injured in the Haiti earthquake, at the manufacturing cost (so Ossur gets no profit, but does not lose money either). Ossur specializes in two types of prosthesis, socket limb made out of silicon and aluminum, and flex-foot mostly made of aluminum and plastics. Due to the size of the humanitarian situation in Haiti, all limbs produced by Ossur can be used by the Red Cross.
Ossur has set up a linear optimization model to maximize the number of artificial limbs produced given the limited extra capacity Ossur has for the Haiti production. The information about the excess capacity available and the time each product takes during each production step is given below.
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