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Maximum Entropy Condition in Queueing Theory

Silviu Guiasu
The Journal of the Operational Research Society
Vol. 37, No. 3 (Mar., 1986), pp. 293-301
DOI: 10.2307/2582209
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2582209
Page Count: 9
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Maximum Entropy Condition in Queueing Theory
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Abstract

The main results in queueing theory are obtained when the queueing system is in a steady-state condition and if the requirements of a birth-and-death stochastic process are satisfied. The aim of this paper is to obtain a probabilistic model when the queueing system is in a maximum entropy condition. For applying the entropic approach, the only information required is represented by mean values (mean arrival rates, mean service rates, the mean number of customers in the system). For some one-server queueing systems, when the expected number of customers is given, the maximum entropy condition gives the same probability distribution of the possible states of the system as the birth-and-death process applied to an M/M/1 system in a steady-state condition. For other queueing systems, as M/G/1 for instance, the entropic approach gives a simple probability distribution of possible states, while no close expression for such a probability distribution is known in the general framework of a birth-and-death process.

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