Fully sequential selection procedures with control variates

Shing Chih Tsai, Barry L. Nelson

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Fully sequential selection procedures have been developed in the field of stochastic simulation to find the simulated system with the best expected performance when the number of alternatives is finite. Kim and Nelson proposed the [KN] procedure to allow for unknown and unequal variances and the use of common random numbers. [KN] approximates the raw sum of differences between observations from two systems as a Brownian motion process with drift and uses a triangular continuation region to decide the stopping time of the selection process. In this paper new fully sequential selection procedures are derived that employ a more effective sum of differences, which is called a controlled sum. Two provably valid procedures and an approximate procedure are described. Empirical results and a realistic illustration are provided to compare the efficiency of these procedures with other procedures that solve the same problem. [Supplemental materials are available for this article. Go to the publisher's online edition of IIE Transactions for the following supplemental resources: Proofs and guidelines to choose appropriate parameters.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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