Accession Number : ADA189083

Title :   The Aggregation of Population Groups to Improve the Predictability of Marine Corps Officer Attrition Estimation.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Larsen, Randall W

PDF Url : ADA189083

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 110

Abstract : This thesis presents an algorithm for the aggregation of low inventory categories (small cells) which characterize the population of Marine Corps, unrestricted, active duty officers. The basis for aggregating these small cells is the degree of homogeneity of historical attrition rates. The techniques of hierarchical cluster analysis are applied to the small cell problem in lieu of existing functional and organizational structures. This research demonstrates the adaptability of cluster analysis to loss rate aggregation and provides a shell for more refined model applications. Further, statistical stability and attrition rate homogeneity have been introduced to allow for subsequent application of shrinkage type parameter estimation methods associated with the development of an officer attrition rate generator. Keywords: Officer attrition rate, Thesis.

Descriptors :   *ATTRITION, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, ACTIVE DUTY, ADAPTATION, ALGORITHMS, CELLS, CLUSTERING, GENERATORS, HIERARCHIES, HOMOGENEITY, INVENTORY, LOSSES, MODELS, ORGANIZATIONS, POPULATION, RATES, STABILITY, STATISTICS, STRUCTURES, ESTIMATES

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE