The theory of Markov Decision Processes focuses on controlled Markov chains in discrete time. The authors establish the theory for general state and action spaces, illustrating its application through examples in finance and operations research.
The theory of Markov decision processes focuses on controlled Markov chains in discrete time. The authors establish the theory for general state and action spaces and at the same time show its application by means of numerous examples, mostly taken from the fields of finance and operations research. By using a structural approach many technicalities (concerning measure theory) are avoided. They cover problems with finite and infinite horizons, as well as partially observable Markov decision processes, piecewise deterministic Markov decision processes and stopping problems.
The book presents Markov decision processes in action and includes various state-of-the-art applications with a particular view towards finance. It is useful for upper-level undergraduates, Master's students and researchers in both applied probability and finance, and provides exercises (without solutions).
Contains various applications with a particular view towards finance/insurance
Avoids many technical (e.g. measure theoretic) problems
The collection of topics is unique
Approach is problem-oriented and illustrated by many examples
Nicole Bäuerle is full professor for Stochastics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Currently she is in the board of the Fachgruppe Stochastik and the DGVFM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Versicherungs- und Finanzmathematik). She is editor of the journals "Stochastic Models" and "Mathematical Methods of Operations Research".
Ulrich Rieder is full professor for Optimization and Operations Research at the University of Ulm since 1980. He helped to establish a new program in applied mathematics at Ulm, called Wirtschaftsmathematik. From 1990-2008 he was editor-in-chief of "Mathematical Methods of Operations Research". He is editor of several journals in the areas of operations research and finance.