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Using Randomization to Break the Curse of Dimensionality

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This paper introduces random versions of successive approximations and multigrid algorithms for computing approximate solutions to a class of finite and infinite horizon Markovian decision problems. The author proves that these algorithms succeed in breaking the 'curse of dimensionality' for a subclass of Markovian decision problems known as discrete decision processes.

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  • John Rust, 1997. "Using Randomization to Break the Curse of Dimensionality," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 65(3), pages 487-516, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:65:y:1997:i:3:p:487-516
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