Optimisation of the Beer Distribution Game with complex customer demand patterns
2009 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation
This paper examines a simulation of the Beer Distribution Game and a number of optimisation approaches to this game. This well known game was developed at MIT in the 1960s and has been widely used to educate graduate students and business managers on the dynamics of supply chains. This game offers a complex simulation environment involving multidimensional constrained parameters. In this research we have examined a traditional genetic algorithm approach to optimising this game, while also for
... e, while also for the first time examining a particle swarm optimisation approach. Optimisation is used to determine the best ordering policies across an entire supply chain. This paper will present experimental results for four complex customer demand patterns. We will examine the efficacy of our optimisation approaches and analyse the implications of the results on the Beer Distribution Game. Our experimental results clearly demonstrate the advantages of both genetic algorithm and particle swarm approaches to this complex problem. We will outline a direct comparison of these results, and present a series of conclusions relating to the Beer Distribution Game.