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## Determine the ideal number of clusters.

Included with this assignment is an Excel spreadsheet that contains data with two dimension values.

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate steps performed in a K-Means Cluster analysis.

Review the “k-MEANS CLUSTERING ALGORITHM” section in Chapter 4 of the Sharda et. al. textbook for additional background.

Use Excel to perform the following data analysis.

Plot the data on a scatter plot.
Determine the ideal number of clusters.
Choose random center points (centroids) for each cluster. (Note: Each student will select a different random set of centroids.)
Using a standard distance formula measure the distance from each data point to each center point.
Assign each data point to an initial cluster region based on closeness.
For each cluster calculate new center points.
Repeat steps 4 through 6.
You will use Excel to help with calculations, but only standard functions should be used (i.e. don’t use a plug-in to perform the analysis for you.) You need to show your work doing this analysis the long way. If you were to repeat steps 4 through 6, what will likely happen with the cluster centroids? The rubric for this assignment can be viewed when clicking on the assignment link.

Here is a link to an example spreadsheet using a smaller data set. It contains two tabs. The first tab is the raw data. The second tab contains the analysis that was performed. Make sure that you use a different starting center points from the example.

Example Excel Analysis

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## If the investment earned only 3 percent annual compound interest what would be the values?

Suppose Andrew Brewer invests \$ Show more PLE 2.24 What a Difference 5 Years Make! Suppose Andrew Brewer invests \$5000 annually and earns 6 percent annual compound interest. What is the value of his investment after (a) 15 years (b) 20 years (c) 25 years and (d) 30 years? If the investment earned only 3 percent annual compound interest what would be the values? From the results obtained what conclusions can be drawn regarding the impact of the interest earned versus the duration of the investment? Six percent annual compound interest: (a) (b) (c) (d) Three percent annual compound interest: (a) (b) (c) (d) The single sum compound amount factor answers the question regarding the impact of the interest earned versus the investments duration. Because the duration () is in the exponent time is far more critical than the interest rate earned on investments. For that reason it is essential that an individual begin investing sooner rather than later. how do they get 47.57542 in example D im putting in 1.06 ^ n on each one Show less

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## What are others attitudes toward you?

Unit II Reflection Paper Being new to a place is challenging. The list below includes some provocative discussions related to the events in this unit’s reading and related to being new to the United States. For this assignment, you will write two reflections on Parts 1 and 2 below.

The total length of your journal assignment must be a minimum of three pages in length, with each journal entry being at least one page. (For example, this means that you could have one reflection be one page and the other be two pages, each could be one and a half pages, or some other means by which each is at least one page in length and your total overall pages total three.)

HY 1120, American History II 3 The reflections will need to reflect your understanding of the time period and need to avoid being anachronistic. (Remember that this term loosely means to apply today’s values or perspectives on the past.) To accomplish this, you will need to write both reflections as if you are a first generation immigrant (in the first person). Your first reflection entry needs to be from the viewpoint of an immigrant from Europe (e.g., Ireland, Italy, Germany, England, or France). Your second reflection entry needs to come from the standpoint of an immigrant from Asia (e.g., China or Japan). You will need to develop an argument within both reflections entries based on the bulleted items below. In your own words, justify academically the side of the argument you choose, remembering to cite your sources along the way.

Part 1

 Are you treated as an equal by earlier generations residing here?

o What are others’ attitudes toward you?

o Why do you think they act this way?

 Would you feel pressured to pledge your loyalty to a political machine?

 Would you agree to engage in a strike?

 Talk about some leisure opportunities and how they are divided by race or class or are for everyone.

Part 2

 What is the “American dream?”

 How did the growth of big business impact the American dream?

 Explain which leisure opportunities could be part of the American dream.

 What part did the anti-immigration sentiment play in the American dream?

As this is a point of view essay, a modern perspective will not accurately address what the question is asking for. It is strongly suggested that you use at least one selection from the America: History and Life with Full Text database within the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including textbooks, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying APA citations.

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## What is the average number of car crash?

Show more Observation No. X1 X2 1 1492.0 1668.1 2 1538.8 1728.4 3 1621.9 1797.4 4 1689.6 1916.3 5 1674.0 1896.6 6 1711.9 1931.7 7 1803.9 2001.0 8 1883.8 2066.6 9 1961.0 2167.4 10 2004.4 2212.6 11 2000.4 2214.3 12 2024.2 2248.6 13 2050.7 2261.5 14 2146.0 2331.9 15 2249.3 2469.8 16 2354.8 2542.8 17 2455.2 2640.9 18 2521.0 2686.3 1. What is the value of X92? 2. Calculate 18 sigma i=1 Xi2 3. Calculate 2 sigma j=1 X4j 4. Calculate 18 sigma i=1 (multiplied by) 2 sigma j=1 Xij 5. Is X1 a continuous variable? 6. There are 30 students enrolled in this class. Suppose Hi is the height of the ith student. What is the range of values for i? Is Hi a random variable? 7. The following is the joint probability distribution of number of car crashes (C) and car make (M). C = 0 C = 1 C = 2 C = 3 C = 4 TOYOTA (M = 0) 0.35 0.065 0.05 0.025 0.01 OTHER (M = 1) 0.45 0.035 0.01 0.005 0.00 A. Report the marginal probability distribution for C B. What is the average number of car crash? C. What is the variance of the number of crashes? D. Calculate ?CM and ?CM. 8. Suppose car manufacturers are penalized (P) on the basis of the following formula P = 60000 + 6C 2M Using your answers for Question 7 calculate the following The average penalty (P) The variance of penalty (P) 9. X and Y are two random variables. The average value of X is 40000 and X has a standard deviation of 12000. The average value of Y is 45000 and the standard deviation of Y is 18000. The correlation between X and Y is 0.80. Let C = X + Y Calculate E(C) Cov(XY) Var(C) 10. The random variable Y has a mean of 1 and a variance of 4. Let Z = (Y 1) Calculate Z and ?Z 2 . Show less

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## What are the different expatriate compensation methods you recognized in the text?

To read the case study below, you must first log into the myCSU Student Portal and access the Business Source Complete database found in the CSU Online Library.

Bodolica, V., & Waxi, M. (2007). Chicago food and beverage company: The challenges of managing international assignments. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies13(3), 31-42.

1. Which staffing framework do you recognize in this case study? Explain its characteristics and the advantages to using this type of framework?

2. Would this type of staffing framework affect Paul’s ability to get things done? Why, or why not?

3. Explain if any of the other staffing frameworks would be any better? What can you recommend to the company’s headquarters in this sense?

4. Why does Paul want this job? Is Paul a good candidate for this expatriate position?

5. What comments can you make on expatriate management in general? And what comments can you make on the expatriate recruitment policy in particular?

6. What are the different expatriate compensation methods you recognized in the text? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these different expatriate compensation methods?

7. What do you suggest to the U.S. headquarters’ human resources manager in order to improve the expatriate satisfaction/compensation?

Your submission should be a minimum of three pages in length in APA style; however, a title page, a running head, and an abstract are not required. Be sure to cite and reference all quoted or paraphrased material appropriately in APA style.

Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.

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## What is the equilibrium quantity(Q)?

where Q is Show more Consider a market with the following aggregate inverse demand function. P(Q)= 51-3Q where Q is the aggregate quantity. Suppose the cost structure in this industry is C(Q)= 3Q Assume that the market is perfectly competitive. Solve for equilibrium price and quantity (PQ). Also compute the resulting aggregate firm profit and consumer surplus. 1. What is equilibrium price? a=3 b=2 c=1 d=1/2 e=1/4 f=none of the above 2. What is the equilibrium quantity(Q)? a=6 b=12 c=18 d=16 e=14 f= none of the above 3. Compute the resulting firm profit a=16 b=326 c=0 d=214 e=15 f= none of the above 4. Compute the consumer surplus a=384 b=296 c=0 d=112 e=-112 f= none of the above Assume the market is served by a monopoly 5. Solve for equilibrium price a=3 b=12 c=25 d=15 e=27 f= none of the above 6. Solve for equilibrium quantity a=16 b=8 c=12 d=9 e=27 f=none of the above 7. Compute the resulting firm profit a=164 b=0 c=192 d=256 e=112 f= none of the above 8. Compute the Consumer Surplus? a=96 b=25 c=48 d=0 e=112 f= none of the above 9= Compute the Lerner Index a=0.89 b=0.75 c=3 d=0.84 e=0.13 f= none of the above Show less

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## Examine performance management issues and processes.

You are the HR manager for an upscale retail store which sells clothing, shoes, handbags, and other accessories. Due to the economic downturn, the company has experienced a significant reduction in earnings, resulting in the layoff of a number of retail sales associates. Business seems to be rebounding, but you are concerned about the performance of the retail sales staff. The CEO has requested that you recommend ways to increase sales and customer service. You believe that implementing a performance management system may help modify employee behavior and improve results.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

1. Create a job description for a retail sales associate, which includes the most significant components necessary to describe the job both internally and externally.
2. Create an organizational behavior modification (OBM) plan to define four (4) key behaviors that are required for successful job performance as a retail sales associate. Suggest the significant ways that your plan will benefit the organization.
3. Specify two (2) ways that you would measure whether current employees exhibit the key job performance behaviors. Propose two (2) methods that you could use to inform employees of the new performance standards.
4. Outline a plan with two (2) methods of providing feedback to employees. Include the frequency with which the feedback will be provided. Propose two (2) actions company leaders should take to reinforce positive employee behaviors.
5. Examine at least three (3) key legal and ethical issues that could potentially impact the performance management system. Support your response with specific examples of the identified issues’ possible effects on the performance management system.
6. Use at least four (4) quality academic (peer-reviewed) resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

• Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
• Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

• Examine performance management issues and processes.
• Examine the influences on and various approaches to compensation.
• Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource management foundations.
• Write clearly and concisely about human resource management foundations using proper writing mechanics.

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## What value of h do you have to choose?

1. Suppose Z follows a standard normal distribution (i.e. a normal dist Show more Using statistical tables: 1. Suppose Z follows a standard normal distribution (i.e. a normal distribution with mean 0 and variance 1). a.) What is the probability that Z is smaller than 1.02? b.) What is the probability that Z is greater than 0.65? c.) What is the probability that Z is between -2 and -0.5? d.) What is the probability that the interval [Z-1 Z+1] contains the value 0? e.) What is the probability that the interval [Z-1 Z+1] contains the value 2? f.) What is the probability that the interval [Z-1 Z+3] contains the value 2? g.) What is the probability that the interval [Z+1 Z+2] contains the value 2? h.) Suppose you want to construct an interval of the form [Z-h Z+h] that contains the value 0 with 90% probability. What value of h do you have to choose? i.) Suppose you want to construct an interval of the form [Z-h Z+h] that contains the value 0 with 80% probability. What value of h do you have to choose? Show less

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## List some of the common characteristics of religion.

Instructions: Please note that the questions below are based on the Unit readings and are intended to be both an outline of the units’ material and the basis for your Unit Assessment, so please give your best effort to answering them thoroughly. The task is to respond to all 30 of the questions below. Each question will be worth one point.

The format for submission is to include the questions with the replies. Example:

How does one know what the good life is?

– The good life is…

1. Define Theology. How is Theology different from the Philosophy of Religion?
2. What are some of the questions Philosophy of Religion deals with?
3. What are some of the difficulties and misconceptions associated with asking the question, what is Religion?
4. List some of the common characteristics of religion.
5. What are some of the common traits shared by the Religions of the West, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?
6. Define Theism, Monotheism, Pantheism, Panentheism, Polytheism, and Agnosticism.
7. What are the three necessary properties associated with God in Western religious thought? Explain what each one means.
8. What are some of the philosophical problem associated with the characteristics given to God in the Western Religious traditions?
9. Briefly describe the Ontological Argument. (75-100 words)
10. Briefly describe the Cosmological argument. (75-100 words)
11. Briefly describe the Teleological Argument. (75-100 words)
12. List and briefly explain the arguments that strive to prove God’s existence through experience.
13. What is the philosophical Problem of Evil?
14. What is a Theodicy?
15. What is Natural Evil and how is it distinguished form Moral Evil? Give examples of both.
16. What is Physical and Metaphysical evil? Give examples.
17. What is the argument against God’s existence based on Natural Evil? Explain.
18. Briefly describe the Theodicies of Augustine, Iraneus and John Hick.
19. Contrast the claims of J.L. Makie and Alvin Plantinga.
20. What is the meaning behind Alvin Plantinga’s Trans World Depravity?
21. Explain the Free-Will arguments, and the counter arguments as they relate to the problem of moral evil.
22. Briefly summarize the theodicy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz. Be sure to include his idea of the “best of all possible worlds.”(75-100 words)
23. What is Process Theology? What is Open theism? What is Dipolar theism?
24. How does Atheism resolve the problem of Evil?
25. What is a Blik? What is a religious Blik? Give an example of both.
26. What were Wittgenstein observations about the limits of language? How does it relate to foundational beliefs?
27. Explain the Evidentialist Position on Basic Belief Systems.
28. How does Thomas Aquinas explain the relationship between faith and reason? What is the difference between the commensurable, incommensurable, irrational and translational explanations of the relationship of faith and reason?
29. Describe the reasoning involved in Pascal’s Wager? (75-100 words)
30. What is Fideism? And, what is the Coherentist explanation of the relationship between faith and reason?

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## Which way did the demand curve shift?

the ecomony collapsed in the fall of 2007. a lot of it had to do with the housing market. in hindsig Show more the ecomony collapsed in the fall of 2007. a lot of it had to do with the housing market. in hindsight it turns out that the housing market was artificailly high. in esssence there was a strong demand for housing for a lot of reasons and this shifted the demand curve. research some of th eprograms or policies which shifted the demand curve for housing. Which way did the demand curve shift? what impact did the shift in the demand curve have on home prices? what programs or policies would you put in place to prevent this from happpening again? Show less

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