"This is an excellent book on dynamic programming and Markov decision processes. Dynamic programming, invented by the late Richard Bellman, has created a new field of optimality and approximation theory. The author has divided his book into three parts: I: Mathematical background with 8 chapters, II: General theory of approximate iterative algorithms with 3 chapters, and III: Application to Markov decision processes with 6 chapters. [...] The author has elaborated the theory in the application to online parameter estimation and exploration schedule."
Nirode C. Mohanty (Huntington Beach), Zentralblatt MATH 1297-1
"Many real-life processes and program optimization tasks require approximations for their analysis and execution, as well asbeing recursive and requiring multiple iterations to achieve workable approximations. This rather dense and mathematically beautiful text provides the nexcessary background for the construction and development of algorithms to handle such tasks. [...] Thorough and mathematically rigorous throughout, the book will be useful to both pure mathematicians and programmers working in diverse fields from error analysis to machine learning."
2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR, USA
About the Author
Dr. Almudevar was born in Halifax and raised in Ontario, Canada. He completed a PhD in Statistics at the University of Toronto, and is currently a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester. He has a wide range of interests, which include biological network modeling, analysis of genetic data, immunological modeling and clinical applications of technological home monitoring. He has a more general interest in optimization and control theory, with an emphasis on the computational issues associated with Markov decision processes.