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Ergodic Control of Diffusion Processes

Ergodic Control of Diffusion Processes


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This comprehensive volume on ergodic control for diffusions highlights intuition alongside technical arguments. A concise account of Markov process theory is followed by a complete development of the fundamental issues and formalisms in control of diffusions. This then leads to a comprehensive treatment of ergodic control, a problem that straddles stochastic control and the ergodic theory of Markov processes. The interplay between the probabilistic and ergodic-theoretic aspects of the problem, notably the asymptotics of empirical measures on one hand, and the analytic aspects leading to a characterization of optimality via the associated Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation on the other, is clearly revealed. The more abstract controlled martingale problem is also presented, in addition to many other related issues and models. Assuming only graduate-level probability and analysis, the authors develop the theory in a manner that makes it accessible to users in applied mathematics, engineering, finance and operations research.

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ISBN-13: 9780521768405
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/17/2011
Series: Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications , #143
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ari Arapostathis is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.

Vivek S. Borkar is a Senior Professor in the School of Technology and Computer Science at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai.

Mrinal K. Ghosh is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

Table of Contents

Preface; Frequently used notation; 1. Markov processes and ergodic properties; 2. Controlled diffusions; 3. Nondegenerate controlled diffusions; 4. Various topics in nondegenerate diffusions; 5. Controlled switching diffusions; 6. Controlled martingale problems; 7. Degenerate controlled diffusions; 8. Controlled diffusions with partial observations; Epilogue; Appendix; References; Index of symbols; Subject index.

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