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A Generalized Network Approach to the Planning and Scheduling of a Research Project

Howard Eisner
Operations Research
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 1962), pp. 115-125
Published by: INFORMS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/167872
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A Generalized Network Approach to the Planning and Scheduling of a Research Project
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Abstract

This paper describes a configurational and mathematical tool that may be used in the planning and scheduling of a research program. The configuration, termed a decision box (db) network, is a generalization of the PERT network and allows alternative procedures for accomplishing research tasks to be considered. The probability of following each alternative is estimated, leading to a ranking, in terms of probability of occurrence, of the possible outcomes of the research program. The entropy of the process is calculated using classical information theory concepts. Standard PERT techniques for time estimating and scheduling, superimposed upon the db network structure, complete the description of this research management tool.

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