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Risk-Sensitive Markov Decision Processes


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  • Ronald A. Howard

    (Stanford University)

  • James E. Matheson

    (Stanford Research Institute)

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    This paper considers the maximization of certain equivalent reward generated by a Markov decision process with constant risk sensitivity. First, value iteration is used to optimize possibly time-varying processes of finite duration. Then a policy iteration procedure is developed to find the stationary policy with highest certain equivalent gain for the infinite duration case. A simple example demonstrates both procedures.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 18 (1972)
    Issue (Month): 7 (March)
    Pages: 356-369

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:18:y:1972:i:7:p:356-369

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