Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

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

Little's law

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_548
Little's Law, among the most fundamental and useful formulas in queueing theory, relates the number of customers in a queueing system to the waiting time of customers for a system in steady state as
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA