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Positional goods and legal orderings

Pagano, Ugo ; Vatiero, Massimiliano

In: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

People consume because others consume, maintained Veblen in 1899. More recently, theoretical, empirical and experimental articles have argued that people constantly compare themselves to their environments and care greatly about their relative positions. Given that competition for positions may produce social costs, we adopt a Law and Economics approach (i) to suggest legal remedies for...

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Analysis and optimization of task granularity on the Java virtual machine

Rosà, Andrea ; Binder, Walter (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018INFO008.

Task granularity, i.e., the amount of work performed by parallel tasks, is a key performance attribute of parallel applications. On the one hand, fine-grained tasks (i.e., small tasks carrying out few computations) may introduce considerable parallelization overheads. On the other hand, coarse-grained tasks (i.e., large tasks performing substantial computations) may not fully utilize the...

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Move people or move the plant? : Business travel and relocation choices of firms

Rossi, Federica ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO007.

This dissertation proposes three empirical essays on firms’ location-related behaviour, focusing on two strategic issues: business travel plans and relocation choices. The first chapter studies the potential impact on business travel of the future high-speed railway line project, called AlpTransit, which in the meantime links Lugano, the small economic hub of the southern part of...

Public access from 03.08.2019
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Journalists arguing newsmaking decisions on the basis of anticipated audience uptake : a study of argumentation in the newsroom

Luciani, Margherita ; Rocci, Andrea (Dir.) ; Perrin, Daniel (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018COM006.

This thesis sets out to explore journalists’ anticipatory reasoning on audience uptake, i.e. on the ways in which the audience will react to news. In order to reach this goal, I conduct an argumentative analysis of various types of newsroom activities. The analysis sheds light on journalists’ reasoning processes concerning audience uptake that lead them to broadcast/publish one certain...

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Reusing constraint proofs in symbolic analysis

Chen, Meixian ; Pezzè, Mauro (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018INFO007.

Symbolic analysis is an important element of program verification and automatic testing. Symbolic analysis techniques abstract program properties as expressions of symbolic input values to characterise the program logical constraints, and rely on Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) solvers to both validate the satisfiability of the constraint expression and verify the corresponding program...

Public access from 03.07.2020
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Strategies to access and manage donations for humanitarian operations

Urrea Castaño, Gloria Cecilia ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO006.

Scarcity of funding and high competition among organizations are typical characteristics of the humanitarian setting, which create high uncertainty for humanitarian organizations (HOs) regarding their ability to access and manage the required donations for their operations. In contrast with past research, which usually considers that HOs have a passive role in the donations process, the main...

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New architectures for very deep learning

Srivastava, Rupesh Kumar ; Schmidhuber, Jürgen (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018INFO006.

Artificial Neural Networks are increasingly being used in complex real- world applications because many-layered (i.e., deep) architectures can now be trained on large quantities of data. However, training even deeper, and therefore more powerful networks, has hit a barrier due to fundamental limitations in the design of existing networks. This thesis develops new architectures that, for the...

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Making prospect theory fit for finance

Giorgi, Enrico De

In: Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 2006, vol. 20, no. 3, p. 339-360