Little's Law

  • John D. C. Little
  • Stephen C. Graves
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 115)

The average waiting time and the average number of items waiting for a service in a service system are important measurements for a manager. Little's Law relates these two metrics via the average rate of arrivals to the system. This fundamental law has found numerous uses in operations management and managerial decision making.


Arrival Rate Busy Period Average Wait Time Maternity Ward Stationary Stochastic Process 
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  • John D. C. Little
  • Stephen C. Graves

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