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Publication date: 1 March 2003

Hsiang‐Fu Yu, Yi‐Ming Chen, Shih‐Yong Wang and LiMing Tseng

Traditionally, file transfer protocol (FTP) servers are major archive providers and users apply the Archie server to locate FTP archives. With the extreme popularity of…

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Traditionally, file transfer protocol (FTP) servers are major archive providers and users apply the Archie server to locate FTP archives. With the extreme popularity of the WWW, Web servers are now important archive providers and users download archives via HTTP. To reduce HTTP traffic, proxy cache servers are deployed on the Internet. However, we find the hit rate of archives in cache servers is quite low. This study proposes a combination of caching and better searching mechanisms to alleviate the problem. We enable a proxy server to automatically collect WWW and FTP archives from its cache, organize them in the form of an FTP directory, and then offer the directory list to the Archie. Accordingly, users can find archives on WWW and FTP servers through the Archie, and they can directly download archives from the proxy server, thus improving the reuse of cached archives. A system was implemented and operated in a real environment to evaluate the approach and results are discussed.

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Internet Research, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Publication date: 10 August 2018

Xibing Li, Weixiang Li, Xueyong Chen, Ming Li, Huayun Chen and Xin Yue

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of application of a heat pipe in an aspect of hydrostatic thrust bearings on thermal balance and deformation and the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of application of a heat pipe in an aspect of hydrostatic thrust bearings on thermal balance and deformation and the role of this application in increasing the rotating speed of a workbench.

Design/methodology/approach

Numerical simulations of oil film temperature field, the temperature field and thermal deformation of the bearing’s workbench and base were performed by finite element analysis (FEA) software for both the traditional hydrostatic thrust bearings and the heat pipe ones.

Findings

Oil pad and workbench of the hydrostatic thrust bearings are fabricated with a heat pipe cooling structure, which can take away most of the heat generated by shearing of the oil film, control the temperature rise and thermal deformation of the hydrostatic thrust bearing effectively, avoid the dry friction phenomenon and finally improve the processing quality of equipment.

Originality/value

The heat pipe hydrostatic thrust bearings could control the temperature rise and thermal deformation of the hydrostatic thrust bearing effectively, avoid the dry friction phenomenon and improve the processing quality of equipment.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 70 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 8 June 2020

Ming Li, Ying Li, YingCheng Xu and Li Wang

In community question answering (CQA), people who answer questions assume readers have mastered the content in the answers. Nevertheless, some readers cannot understand…

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Purpose

In community question answering (CQA), people who answer questions assume readers have mastered the content in the answers. Nevertheless, some readers cannot understand all content. Thus, there is a need for further explanation of the concepts that appear in the answers. Moreover, the large number of question and answer (Q&A) documents make manual retrieval difficult. This paper aims to alleviate these issues for CQA websites.

Design/methodology/approach

In the paper, an algorithm for recommending explanatory Q&A documents is proposed. Q&A documents are modeled with the biterm topic model (BTM) (Yan et al., 2013). Then, the growing neural gas (GNG) algorithm (Fritzke, 1995) is used to cluster Q&A documents. To train multiple classifiers, three features are extracted from the Q&A categories. Thereafter, an ensemble classification model is constructed to identify the explanatory relationships. Finally, the explanatory Q&A documents are recommended.

Findings

The GNG algorithm shows good clustering performance. The ensemble classification model performs better than other classifiers. The both effect and quality scores of explanatory Q&A recommendations are high. These scores indicate the practicality and good performance of the proposed recommendation algorithm.

Research limitations/implications

The proposed algorithm alleviates information overload in CQA from the new perspective of recommending explanatory knowledge. It provides new insight into research on recommendations in CQA. Moreover, in practice, CQA websites can use it to help retrieve Q&A documents and facilitate understanding of their contents. However, the algorithm is for the general recommendation of Q&A documents which does not consider individual personalized characteristics. In future work, personalized recommendations will be evaluated.

Originality/value

A novel explanatory Q&A recommendation algorithm is proposed for CQA to alleviate the burden of manual retrieval and Q&A overload. The novel GNG clustering algorithm and ensemble classification model provide a more accurate way to identify explanatory Q&A documents. The method of ranking the explanatory Q&A documents improves the effectiveness and quality of the recommendation. The proposed algorithm improves the accuracy and efficiency of retrieving explanatory Q&A documents. It assists users in grasping answers easily.

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Data Technologies and Applications, vol. 54 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2514-9288

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Publication date: 11 April 2016

Xibing Li, Tian Cheng, Ming Li, Mingjian Li, Ruren Wu and Yingsi Wan

This paper aims to research the lubrication performance of large-size rectangular oil pad in hydrostatic thrust bearing for heavy computer numerical control (CNC) vertical lathe.

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Purpose

This paper aims to research the lubrication performance of large-size rectangular oil pad in hydrostatic thrust bearing for heavy computer numerical control (CNC) vertical lathe.

Design/methodology/approach

The research establishes the mathematical models of velocity, flux and pressure fields, etc., for lubrication performance distribution, and analyzes its load-bearing behavior.

Findings

When hydrostatic thrust bearing’s rotating speed is within ω12, the oil flow generated by plate’s relative motion is greater than that generated by pressure difference and centrifugal force, and in the opposite direction, making it not easy to emit friction heat, so the rotating speed range ω12 should be avoided for bearing.

Originality/value

The research provides powerful theoretical basis for the structure design, operating reliability and practical application of large size rectangular oil pad hydrostatic thrust bearing, and realizing the prediction of its lubrication performance.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 68 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 10 July 2017

Xibing Li, Tian Cheng, Ming Li, Mingjian Li, Ruren Wu and Yingsi Wan

The purpose of this study with the rapid development of the heavy/large mechanical equipment, the heavy computer numerical control (CNC) vertical lathe has become the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study with the rapid development of the heavy/large mechanical equipment, the heavy computer numerical control (CNC) vertical lathe has become the ideal processing equipment for the parts of those mechanical equipments. The main factor which affects the machining quality and efficiency of heavy CNC vertical lathe is the mechanical properties of the hydrostatic thrust bearing.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper did the research based on the large size sector oil pad’s lubrication performance of the hydrostatic thrust bearing in the heavy/large equipments, establishing the lubrication performance distribution mathematical model of the velocity field, flow field, pressure field and so on, analyzing the bearing behavior of the large size sector oil pad.

Findings

The results show that the oil flow generated by the plate relative motion will be greater than that generated by the pressure difference in area B, with the rotational speed’s increasing of the hydrostatic thrust bearing, and the direction is opposite. The oil flow generated by the centrifugal force will be greater than that generated by the pressure difference in area C, with the rotational speed’s increasing of the hydrostatic thrust bearing, and the direction is opposite. When the rotational speed of the hydrostatic thrust bearing is too high, the friction heat will be not easy to be sent out. The bearing rotating speed should be lower than the comparatively smaller one of ω1 and ω2, which can help avoid the rise of too high temperature.

Originality/value

The research provides powerful theoretical foundation for practical application of the large size sector oil pad hydrostatic thrust bearing, its structure design and operating reliability, realizing the lubrication performance prediction of the large size hydrostatic thrust bearing.

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Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, vol. 69 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0036-8792

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Publication date: 18 September 2020

Yani Wang, Jun Wang, Tang Yao and Ming Li

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mechanism of how peer review helpfulness evaluation in online review communities is established, drawing upon the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mechanism of how peer review helpfulness evaluation in online review communities is established, drawing upon the internalization and identification routes of persuasion effect.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on book reviews selected from Douban.com (a prestigious review community in China), this study used econometric models to investigate the effects of both reviews and reviewers’ characteristics on peer review helpfulness evaluation in review communities.

Findings

Review internalization is more persuasive than reviewers’ identification in peer evaluations, in terms of both short and long reviews. Reviews with extreme negative ratings tend to obtain higher level of helpfulness evaluation than those with positive or moderate ratings. The influence of reviewers’ characteristics is a significant cue in helping consumers to establish the trust perception in the context of short reviews, while its function diminishes in the context of long reviews, thus suggesting the importance of reviewers’ identification for short reviews in review communities.

Social implications

The findings will enhance current understanding of peer review review helpfulness evaluation in online review communities and help practitioners administrate community reviews intelligently, help members write better reviews and customers in their product browsing experience.

Originality/value

First, this study enriches review evaluation research in review communities by demonstrating the importance of internalization and identification lens of persuasion effect when explaining review helpfulness; second, this study helps to confirm the existing findings that reviews with extreme negative ratings are more helpful than those with moderate or positive ratings in review communities; third, this study proposes a new perspective pertaining to the relationship between reviewers’ identification and helpfulness evaluation.

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Online Information Review, vol. 44 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Publication date: 10 April 2017

Inju Yang and Ming Li

This paper aims to examine how leaders’ avoidance influences followers’ attitudes and well-being in China. Although conflict avoidance is one of the most commonly used…

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Purpose

This paper aims to examine how leaders’ avoidance influences followers’ attitudes and well-being in China. Although conflict avoidance is one of the most commonly used conflict resolution styles in China, there has surprisingly been no explicit investigation of the effects of leaders’ avoidance.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 245 subordinates in three large companies in the People’s Republic of China through an online survey. Multiple regression analysis was adopted to test three sets of competing hypotheses.

Findings

Leaders’ avoidance behavior is positively related to followers’ perception of justice, supervisory trust and emotional well-being in Chinese organizations.

Originality/value

This paper joins growing attempts to consider conflict management in the context of leadership. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to examine empirically the relationships between a team leader’s avoidance behavior and his or her subordinates’ perceptions of justice, supervisory trust and emotional well-being in a single study. The findings are provoking by illustrating positive effect of leader’s conflict avoidance behavior in China. This paper supports that conflict avoidance could be a sustainable rather than one-off strategy by a leader, and that identifying conditions (e.g. culture) that affect the outcomes of conflict avoidance is important.

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International Journal of Conflict Management, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1044-4068

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Publication date: 16 January 2017

Peng Wu, Shaorong Xie, Hengli Liu, Ming Li, Hengyu Li, Yan Peng, Xiaomao Li and Jun Luo

Autonomous obstacle avoidance is important in unmanned surface vehicle (USV) navigation. Although the result of obstacle detection is often inaccurate because of the…

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Purpose

Autonomous obstacle avoidance is important in unmanned surface vehicle (USV) navigation. Although the result of obstacle detection is often inaccurate because of the inherent errors of LIDAR, conventional methods typically emphasize on a single obstacle-avoidance algorithm and neglect the limitation of sensors and safety in a local region. Conventional methods also fail in seamlessly integrating local and global obstacle avoidance algorithms. This paper aims to present a cooperative manoeuvring approach including both local and global obstacle avoidance.

Design/methodology/approach

The global algorithm used in our USV is the Artificial Potential Field-Ant Colony Optimization (APF-ACO) obstacle-avoidance algorithm, which plans a relative optimal path on the specified electronic map before the cruise of USV. The local algorithm is a multi-layer obstacle-avoidance framework based on a single LIDAR to present an efficient solution to USV path planning in the case of sensor errors and collision risks. When obstacles are within a layer, the USV uses a corresponding obstacle-avoidance algorithm. Then the USV moves towards the global direction according to fuzzy rules in the fuzzy layer.

Findings

The presented method offers a solution for obstacle avoidance in a complex environment. The USV follows the global trajectory planed by the APF-ACO algorithm. While, the USV can bypass current obstacle in the local region based on the multi-layer method effectively. This fact was validated by simulations and field trials.

Originality/value

The method presented in this paper takes advantage of algorithm integration that remedies errors of obstacle detection. Simulation and experiments were also conducted for performance evaluation.

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Industrial Robot: An International Journal, vol. 44 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-991X

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Publication date: 3 May 2016

Hoi Kam Quinnci Wong, Elana Chan, Tak Ming Charles Chan, Yung Li and Ming Ki Henry Wan

This paper aims to examine the forms and experiences of victimization of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in Hong Kong, the effects of victimization on FDHs and FDHs…

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Purpose

This paper aims to examine the forms and experiences of victimization of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in Hong Kong, the effects of victimization on FDHs and FDHs’ coping strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

The main findings are based on semi-structured interviews with a sample of 12 FDHs in Hong Kong.

Findings

The findings uncovered a continuum of violence ranging from relatively mundane abuses on an everyday basis to acute events at the time of termination. Some respondents also experienced secondary victimization from police and/or pending criminal justice proceedings after contract termination.

Research limitations/implications

Victimization exerted significant adverse physical and psychological effects on FDHs in our study. Nevertheless, contrary to common assumptions about FDHs as passive victims, our findings suggest that some FDHs experienced a degree of empowerment, as they found ways to cope with their difficulties by individualized and social strategies depending on the degree of victimization and the resources available.

Originality/value

The findings suggest there is an urgent need to review the existing laws and policies that, at best, are ineffective and, at worst, create far more problems than they solve.

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Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1871-2673

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Publication date: 30 December 2020

Ming-Yang Li, Xiao-Jie Zhao, Lei Zhang, Xin Ye and Bo Li

In recent years, the updating speed of products has been significantly accelerated, which not only provides diversified styles for consumers to select from but also makes…

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Purpose

In recent years, the updating speed of products has been significantly accelerated, which not only provides diversified styles for consumers to select from but also makes consumers face selection problems sometimes. In addition, a large number of online reviews for products emerge on many e-commerce websites and influence consumers’ purchasing decisions. The purpose of this study is to propose a method for product selection considering consumer’s expectations and online reviews to support consumers’ purchasing decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

The product attributes are divided into two categories, i.e. demand attributes and word-of-mouth (WOM) attributes. For the demand attributes, for which the consumers can give specific quantified expectations, the value function of prospect theory is used to determine the consumer’s perceived values to the alternative products according to consumers’ expectations for these attributes and products’ specifications. For the WOM attributes, for which the consumers cannot give specific quantified expectations, the sentiment analysis method is used to identify the sentiment strengths for these attributes in the online reviews, and then the consumer’s perceived values to the alternative products are determined. On this basis, the product selection methods for single consumers and group consumers are given respectively.

Findings

Finally, taking the data of JD.com (https://www.jd.com/) as an example, the practicability and rationality of the method proposed in this paper is validated.

Originality/value

First, a new product selection problem considering consumer’s expectations and online reviews is extracted. Second, the product attributes are considered more comprehensively and are classified into two main categories. Third, the bounded rationality of the consumers in the decision-making process is described more reasonably. Fourth, the sentiment dictionaries for each WOM attribute are constructed and the algorithm step of identifying the sentiment strengths is designed, which can help to identify the sentiment strengths in the online reviews more accurately. Fifth, the situation that a group plans to purchase the same products and the members have inconsistent expectations for the product attributes is considered.

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Kybernetes, vol. 50 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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