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A Generalization of the Learning Curve

"A Generalization of the Learning Curve," The European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 26 (1986), 205-216 (with J.R. Dorroh and N.K. Womer). This paper presents a generalization of models that relate required resources to accumulated experience. These learning curve models are often used as planning tools in made-to-order production programs. This is especially true in the acquisition of major defense items. However, learning curves are deficient in that they only consider a single cost determinant, cumulative experience. The model presented in this paper considers both cumulative experience and production rate as cost determinants. As a decision application it is shown how the model may be used to generate the type of program cost data that is used in planning for made-to-order programs.
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