Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

BALANCE EQUATIONS

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_53

(1) In probability modeling, steady-state systems of equations for the state probabilities of a stochastic process found by equating transition rates. For Markov chains, such equations can be derived from the Kolmogorov differential equations or from the fact that the flow rate into a system state or level must equal the rate out of that state or level for steady state to be achieved. (2) In linear programming (usually referring to a production process model), constraints that express the equality of inflows and outflows of material.  Markov chains.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA