Use the Random number table provided (Table 4) for #s 1 & 2
The problems that follow involve simulations that are to be
done by hand. You are aware that to obtain accurate and mean-
ingful results, long periods must be simulated. This is usually
handled by computer. If you are able to program some of the
problems using a spreadsheet or QM for Windows, we suggest
that you try to do so. If not, the hand simulations will still
help you in understanding the simulation process.
Clark Property Management is responsible for the
maintenance, rental, and day-to-day operation of a
large apartment complex on the east side of New
Orleans George Clark is especially concerned about the
cost projections for replacing air conditioner compres-
sors. He would like to simulate the number of com-
pressor failures each year over the next 20 years. Using
data from a similar apartment building he manages in
a New Orleans suburb, Clark establishes the following
table of relative frequency of failures during year:
NUMBER OF A.C.
He decides to simulate the 0-year period by select-
ing two-digit random numbers from the third col-
umn of Table 4. starting with the random number 50.
Conduct the simulation for Clark. Is it common
to have three or more consecutive years of operation
with two or fewer compressor failures per year?
The number of cars arriving per hour at Lundberg's
Car Wash during the past 200 hours of operation is
observed to be the following:
NUMBER OF CARS ARRIVING
(a) Set up probability and cumulative probability
distribution for the variable of car arrivals.
(b) Establish random number intervals for the
(c) Simulate 15 hours of car arrivals and compute
the average number of arrivals per hour. Select
the random numbers needed from the first col-
umn of Table 4. beginning with the digits 52.
The University of South Wisconsin has had steady en-
rollments over the past 5 years. The school has its own
bookstore, called University Book Store, but there are
also three private bookstores in town: Bill's Book
Store, College Book Store, and Battle's Book Store.
The university is concerned about the large number
of students who are switching to one of the private
stores. As a result, South Wisconsin's president, Andy
Lange, has decided to give a student 3 hours of uni-
versity credit to look into the problem. The following
matrix of transition probabilities was obtained:
At the present time, each of the four bookstores has
an equal share of the market. What will the market
shares be for the next period?
The cellular phone industry is very competitive. Two
companies in the greater Lubbock area, Horizon and
Local Cellular, are constantly battling each other in
an attempt to control the market. Each company has
a 1-year service agreement. At the end of each year,
some customers will renew, while some will switch
to the other company. Horizon customers tend to
be loyal, and 80% renew, while 20% switch. About
70% of the Local Cellular customers renew, and
about 30% switch to Horizon. If there are currently
100,000 Horizon customers and 80,000 Local Cel-
lular customers, how many would we expect each
company to have next year?
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