Intelligent Information Management

Volume 13, Issue 2 (March 2021)

ISSN Print: 2160-5912   ISSN Online: 2160-5920

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Stochastic Model for Multiple Classes and Subclasses Simple Documents Processing

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DOI: 10.4236/iim.2021.132006    283 Downloads   752 Views  


The issue of document management has been raised for a long time, especially with the appearance of office automation in the 1980s, which led to dematerialization and Electronic Document Management (EDM). In the same period, workflow management has experienced significant development, but has become more focused on the industry. However, it seems to us that document workflows have not had the same interest for the scientific community. But nowadays, the emergence and supremacy of the Internet in electronic exchanges are leading to a massive dematerialization of documents; which requires a conceptual reconsideration of the organizational framework for the processing of said documents in both public and private administrations. This problem seems open to us and deserves the interest of the scientific community. Indeed, EDM has mainly focused on the storage (referencing) and circulation of documents (traceability). It paid little attention to the overall behavior of the system in processing documents. The purpose of our researches is to model document processing systems. In the previous works, we proposed a general model and its specialization in the case of small documents (any document processed by a single person at a time during its processing life cycle), which represent 70% of documents processed by administrations, according to our study. In this contribution, we extend the model for processing small documents to the case where they are managed in a system comprising document classes organized in subclasses; which is the case for most administrations. We have thus observed that this model is a Markovian ML×K/ML×K/1 queues network. We have analyzed the constraints of this model and deduced certain characteristics and metrics. In fine, the ultimate objective of our work is to design a document workflow management system, integrating a component of global behavior prediction.

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Mbindzoukou, P. , Moukoukou, A. and Massala, M. (2021) Stochastic Model for Multiple Classes and Subclasses Simple Documents Processing. Intelligent Information Management, 13, 124-140. doi: 10.4236/iim.2021.132006.

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