A global chance-constraint for stochastic inventory systems under service level constraints

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Rossi R., TARIM Ş. A., HNİCH B., Prestwich S.

CONSTRAINTS, vol.13, no.4, pp.490-517, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10601-007-9038-4
  • Journal Name: CONSTRAINTS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.490-517
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


We consider a class of production/inventory control problems that has a single product and a single stocking location, for which a stochastic demand with a known non-stationary probability distribution is given. Under the widely-known replenishment cycle policy the problem of computing policy parameters under service level constraints has been modeled using various techniques. Tarim and Kingsman introduced a modeling strategy that constitutes the state-of-the-art approach for solving this problem. In this paper we identify two sources of approximation in Tarim and Kingsman's model and we propose an exact stochastic constraint programming approach. We build our approach on a novel concept, global chance-constraints, which we introduce in this paper. Solutions provided by our exact approach are employed to analyze the accuracy of the model developed by Tarim and Kingsman.