Estimating Rubber Covered Conveyor Belting Cure Times Using Multiple Simultaneous Optimizations Ensemble

  • Domingo Pavolo Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Delson Chikobvu Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, South Africa
Keywords: Multiresponse surface methodology, ensembling, credibility of results, solution uncertainty, small sample size problems, simultaneous optimisation


Multiple response surface methodology (MRSM) has been the favorite method for optimizing multiple response processes though it has two weaknesses which challenge the credibility of its solutions. The first weakness is the use of experimentally generated small sample size datasets, and the second is the selection, using classical model selection criteria, of single best models for each response for use in simultaneous optimization to obtain the optimum or desired solution. Classical model selection criteria do not always agree on the best model resulting in model uncertainty. The selection of single best models for each response for simultaneous optimization loses information in rejected models. This work proposes the use of multiple simultaneous optimizations to estimate multiple solutions that are ensembled in solving a conveyor belting cure time problem. The solution is compared with one obtained by simultaneous optimization of single best models for each response. The two results were different. However, results show that it is possible to obtain a more credible solution through ensembling of solutions from multiple simultaneous optimizations.


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How to Cite
Pavolo, D., & Chikobvu, D. (2022). Estimating Rubber Covered Conveyor Belting Cure Times Using Multiple Simultaneous Optimizations Ensemble. Operational Research in Engineering Sciences: Theory and Applications, 5(1), 90-106.