Journal of Healthcare Engineering / 2017 / Article / Tab 7

Research Article

Resource Allocation and Outpatient Appointment Scheduling Using Simulation Optimization

Table 7

Algorithm parameters.


Number of simulation replications per schedulen30
Maximum % estimation error in Z (for determining n)ε10%
Level of confidence in estimating Z (for determining n)1−α95%
Level of significance in testing for an improved scheduleγ0.1
Number of new schedules created from an incumbent scheduleitermax5
Initial pool size of patients for reschedulingp010
Fixed increment of pool sizepstep_size2
Initial maximum pool sizepmax_size12
Maximum time limit for algorithm (CPU seconds)tlim7200

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