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The Use of the Compound Poisson in Pert


  • William H. Parks

    (University of Oregon)

  • Kenneth D. Ramsing

    (University of Oregon)


The use of the normal or Beta distributions has become well established for PERT applications. The authors question whether the use of these standardized distributions yields the best answers in some cases and submits an alternative method of computing the critical path using a compound poisson distribution. This change requires adapting many of the PERT assumptions to the new distribution.

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  • William H. Parks & Kenneth D. Ramsing, 1969. "The Use of the Compound Poisson in Pert," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 15(8), pages 397-402, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:15:y:1969:i:8:p:b397-b402

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    1. Pérez, José García & Martín, María del Mar López & García, Catalina García & Sánchez Granero, Miguel Ángel, 2016. "Project management under uncertainty beyond beta: The generalized bicubic distribution," Operations Research Perspectives, Elsevier, vol. 3(C), pages 67-76.

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