The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from KULeuven, "Using the knapsack problem as a model and combining it with a well-known technique to solve this problem, bundles of prevention measures are prioritized based on their costs and benefits within a predefined prevention budget. Those bundles showing the highest efficiencies, and within a given budget, are identified from a wide variety of possible alternatives."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Hence, the approach allows for an optimal allocation of safety resources, does not require any highly specialized information, and can therefore easily be applied by any organization using the risk matrix as a risk ranking tool."
For more information on this research see: An Approach for Optimal Allocation of Safety Resources: Using the Knapsack Problem to Take Aggregated Cost-Efficient Preventive Measures. Risk Analysis, 2013;33(11):2056-2067. Risk Analysis can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell,
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