Optimal Stochastic Scheduling - International Series in Operations Research & Management Science 207 (Hardback)
  • Optimal Stochastic Scheduling - International Series in Operations Research & Management Science 207 (Hardback)

Optimal Stochastic Scheduling - International Series in Operations Research & Management Science 207 (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 21/03/2014
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Many interesting and important results on stochastic scheduling problems have been developed in recent years, with the aid of probability theory. This book provides a comprehensive and unified coverage of studies in stochastic scheduling. The objective is two-fold: (i) to summarize the elementary models and results in stochastic scheduling, so as to offer an entry-level reading material for students to learn and understand the fundamentals of this area and (ii) to include in details the latest developments and research topics on stochastic scheduling, so as to provide a useful reference for researchers and practitioners in this area.

Optimal Stochastic Scheduling is organized into two parts: Chapters 1-4 cover fundamental models and results, whereas Chapters 5-10 elaborate on more advanced topics. More specifically, Chapter 1 provides the relevant basic theory of probability and then introduces the basic concepts and notation of stochastic scheduling. In Chapters 2 and 3, the authors review well-established models and scheduling policies, under regular and irregular performance measures, respectively. Chapter 4 describes models with stochastic machine breakdowns. Chapters 5 and 6 introduce, respectively, the optimal stopping problems and the multi-armed bandit processes, which are necessary for studies of more advanced subjects in subsequent chapters. Chapter 7 is focused on optimal dynamic policies, which allow adjustments of policies based on up-to-date information. Chapter 8 describes stochastic scheduling with incomplete information in the sense that the probability distributions of random variables contain unknown parameters, which can however be estimated progressively according to updated information. Chapter 9 is devoted to the situation where the processing time of a job depends on the time when it is started. Lastly, in Chapter 10 the authors look at several recent models beyond those surveyed in the previous chapters.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781489974044
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 801 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 24 mm
Edition: 2014 ed.

"This book provides, in about equal measure, an introduction to stochastic scheduling and discussions of several advanced topics in the area. ... This advanced text provides a useful introduction to stochastic scheduling and should prove to be of particular interest to researchers in this branch of scheduling." (Andrew Wirth, Mathematical Reviews, March, 2017)

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