Discussiones Mathematicae Probability and Statistics 23(1) (2003) 5-44


Regina Hildenbrandt

Technical University Ilmenau, Institute of Mathematics
PSF 10 05 65, D-98684 Ilmenau, Germany


Several peculiarities of stochastic dynamic programming problems where random vectors are observed before the decision ismade at each stage are discussed in the first part of this paper. Surrogate problems are given for such problems with distance properties (for instance, transportation problems) in the second part.

Keywords: Stochastic dynamic programming, Markov decisions process, dominant policy, distance properties, (partial) certaintyequivalence principle.

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 90C39, 90C40.


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Received 15 January 2002
Revised 6 May 2003