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A proof of the Kikuta–Ruckle Conjecture on cyclic caching of resources

Alpern, Steven, Fokkink, Robbert and Pelekis, Christos (2012) A proof of the Kikuta–Ruckle Conjecture on cyclic caching of resources. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 153 (3). pp. 650-661. ISSN 0022-3239

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Abstract

Suppose that a hider possesses a continuously divisible resource that he may distribute around a circle. The resources on a random arc in the circle are lost. The hider has a priori information on the length of the arc and he wants to maximize the probability that the retrieved portion exceeds a critical quantity, which is enough to survive on. We show that there exists an optimal resource distribution, which uses a finite number of point caches of equal size, establishing a conjecture of Kikuta and Ruckle. Our result is related to a conjecture of Samuels' on-tail probabilities.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/mathematics/journal/10957
Additional Information: © 2012 The authors
Library of Congress subject classification: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 10:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41144/

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