The Effects of Information on a Queue with Balking and Phase-Type Service Times

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-411
Journal / PublicationNaval Research Logistics
Issue number5
Online published23 Apr 2008
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


This article generalizes the models in Guo and Zipkin, who focus on exponential service times, to systems with phase-type service times. Each arriving customer decides whether to stay or balk based on his expected waiting cost, conditional on the information provided. We show how to compute the throughput and customers' average utility in each case. We then obtain some analytical and numerical results to assess the effect of more or less information. We also show that service-time variability degrades the system's performance. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • Balking queue, Delay information, Impatient customers, PH/1 queue