Bayesian forecasting models provide distributional estimates for random parameters, and relative to classical schemes, have the advantage that they can rapidly capture changes in nonstationary systems using limited historical data. Unlike deterministic optimization, stochastic programs explicitly incorporate distributions for random parameters in the model formulation, and thus have the advantage that the resulting solutions more fully hedge against future contingencies. In this paper, we exploit the strengths of Bayesian prediction and stochastic programming in a rolling-horizon approach that can be applied to solve real-world problems. We illustrate the methodology on an employee production scheduling problem with uncertain up-times of manufacturing equipment and uncertain production rates. Computational results indicate the value of our approach.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering