Survey of simulation optimization techniques and procedures

James R. Swisher, Paul D. Hyden, Sheldon H. Jacobson, Lee W. Schruben

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Discrete-event simulation optimization is a problem of significant interest to practitioners interested in extracting useful information about an actual (or yet to be designed) system that can be modeled using discrete-event simulation. This paper presents a brief survey of the literature on discrete-event simulation optimization over the past decade (1988 to the present). Swisher et al. (2000) provides a more comprehensive review of this topic while Jacobson and Schruben (1989) covers the literature preceding 1988. Optimization of both discrete and continuous input parameters are examined herein. The continuous input parameter case is separated into gradient and non-gradient based optimization procedures. The discrete input parameter case differentiates techniques appropriate for small and for large numbers of feasible input parameter values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalWinter Simulation Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event2000 Winter Simulation Conference Proceedings - Orlando, FL,USA
Duration: Dec 10 2000Dec 13 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Applied Mathematics


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