Optimal mix of playground equipment

Shaul P. Ladany, Michael G. Sklar

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A two-stage procedure was developed to determine the optimal mix of equipment (different types and numbers of each type) to be erected at playgrounds, with the objective to maximise the total enjoyment that children playing at the playground would derive from their use. At the first stage the contribution of each unit of equipment from each type to the total enjoyment of the children was determined using non-linear regression. The result of the first-stage was used as the input into a deterministic dynamic programming model. The solution procedure is demonstrated with an actual case example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-157
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Management and Decision Making
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • dynamic programming
  • non-linear regression
  • optimal mix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences

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