Join GitHub today
GitHub is home to over 40 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.Sign up
Add: Option for a new transfer feeder payment algorithm #7935
The original algorithm pays intermediate legs in feeder systems based
The new incremental algorithm pays the cargo payment from the source
The feeder share setting applies in the existing way for both modes.
The original algorithm pays intermediate legs in feeder systems based on the start and end stations of that particular leg. This tends to result in large negative payments on the final leg for journeys with many feeder legs, as the overall feeder payment increases with the number of legs, and the final leg is penalised for discrepancies between the previous leg payments and the actual payment for delivery from the source to the destination. The feeder share setting is a partial mitigation, however it is difficult to tune as a suitable value depends on the number of legs and the network topology, which are often not the same for all vehicles. The new incremental algorithm pays the cargo payment from the source station to the end station of the current leg, minus any previous transfer feeder payments for each leg. This prevents unbounded increase of feeder payments and therefore avoids the issue of excessive negative payments on the final leg. Feeder payments may be negative, e.g. in the case of poorly performing or highly indirect legs. This is better than penalising the final leg. This mode reduces the need to tune the feeder shares setting to the current network. The feeder share setting applies in the existing way for both modes.
Indeed, as the transfer payment only affects vehicle statistics and not the real company profits, a setting is superfluous.
Either it is better (by some metric) than current, then it can just replace it, or it is worse. And if it would be worse, adding it is pointless.