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Health Care Operations and Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Operations, Planning, and Control by Evelyn Brown, John F. Kros

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CHAPTER 6

SIMULATION

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand process flows and how to create a process flow diagram.
  • Understand the basics of discrete and continuous probability distributions and how they are used in the context of simulation.
  • Understand the characteristics of good random number generators and how they are used in the context of simulation.
  • Understand what is meant by discrete-event versus continuous simulation.
  • Understand the basics of Monte Carlo simulation.
  • Understand basic concepts of queuing theory, including how to model arrival and service processes, possible queue disciplines, and applications of Little’s formula.

INTRODUCTION

Simulation is a tool that utilizes a model of an existing or proposed system to determine the impacts ...

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