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Service Times in Doctor's Offices

Do doctors' offices generally have random arrival rates for patients? Are service times random? Under what circumstances might service times be constant?

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Doctor's offices may or may not have random arrival rates. For example, if the doctor gives out appointments at strictly half hour intervals, then the arrival rate may not be normal. However, if the office also accepts patients just dropping in without any appointments and are willing to be seen in between regular patients, then the arrival rate may be classified as random. Arrival rates are most often ...

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260 words with 2 references explain whether service times are constant in a doctor's office.

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