Journal article

Bounds for the solution to the single-period inventory model with compound renewal process input: An application to setting credit card limits

JK Budd, PG Taylor

European Journal of Operational Research | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Motivated by a desire to calculate the optimal credit limit for a credit card account in terms of the card-holder’s purchasing behaviour, we consider a single-period inventory model in which the total value of all attempted purchases increases in jumps throughout the period. If a purchase does not cause the limit to be exceeded, then that purchase is approved and the total value of approved purchases is increased by its value. On the other hand, if the limit is exceeded, then the purchase is rejected and the total value of approved purchases remains at its previous level. We derive an equation for the Laplace–Stieltjes transform of the expected total value of approved purchases at the end o..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

Peter Taylor's research is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship FL130100039 and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). The authors are also grateful to two anonymous referees, whose comments significantly improved the paper.