Strategic behavior and social optimization in partially-observable Markovian vacation queues

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-284
Journal / PublicationOperations Research Letters
Issue number3
Online published28 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


We study customers' strategic behavior and social optimization in vacation queues with N-policy under two partial-information scenarios. In scenario 1, only the server's status is observable. We find that avoid-the-crowd/follow-the- crowd behavior exists when the server is busy/idle. In scenario 2, only the queue length is observable. The customers' equilibrium threshold strategy is the same as that in a fully observable system; whereas, the optimal control policy in a fully observable case is sometimes, but not always, implementable in scenario 2. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Equilibrium analysis, Partial information, Strategic customers, Vacation queue