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Complexity Constraint in the Distributor’s Pallet Loading Problem

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Centre for Research & Development in Mechanical Engineering (CIDEM), School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
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Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI), School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC-TEC), School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
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Applied Management Research Unit (UNIAG), School of Hospitality and Tourism, Polytechnic of Porto, 4480-876 Vila do Conde, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Nina Begicevic Redep, Blaženka Divjak and Nikola Kadoić
Mathematics 2021, 9(15), 1742; https://doi.org/10.3390/math9151742
Received: 8 June 2021 / Revised: 8 July 2021 / Accepted: 21 July 2021 / Published: 23 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Process on Strategic Planning and Decision Making)
This paper presents a study on the complexity of cargo arrangements in the pallet loading problem. Due to the diversity of perspectives that have been presented in the literature, complexity is one of the least studied practical constraints. In this work, we aim to refine and propose a new set of metrics to measure the complexity of an arrangement of cargo in a pallet. The parameters are validated using statistical methods, such as principal component analysis and multiple linear regression, using data retrieved from the company logistics. Our tests show that the number of boxes was the main variable responsible for explaining complexity in the pallet loading problem. View Full-Text
Keywords: pallet loading problem; complexity; principal components analysis; multiple linear regression pallet loading problem; complexity; principal components analysis; multiple linear regression
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Barros, H.; Pereira, T.; Ramos, A.G.; Ferreira, F.A. Complexity Constraint in the Distributor’s Pallet Loading Problem. Mathematics 2021, 9, 1742. https://doi.org/10.3390/math9151742

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Barros H, Pereira T, Ramos AG, Ferreira FA. Complexity Constraint in the Distributor’s Pallet Loading Problem. Mathematics. 2021; 9(15):1742. https://doi.org/10.3390/math9151742

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Barros, Hugo, Teresa Pereira, António G. Ramos, and Fernanda A. Ferreira 2021. "Complexity Constraint in the Distributor’s Pallet Loading Problem" Mathematics 9, no. 15: 1742. https://doi.org/10.3390/math9151742

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