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Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control (2 Vol Set) Hardcover – January 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1886529083 ISBN-10: 1886529086 Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 1270 pages
  • Publisher: Athena Scientific; 4th edition (January 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886529086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886529083
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review of Vol. I, 3rd Edition: In addition to being very well written and organized, the material has several special features that make the book unique in the class of introductory textbooks on dynamic programming. For instance, it presents both deterministic and stochastic control problems, in both discrete- and continuous-time, and it also presents the Pontryagin minimum principle for deterministic systems together with several extensions. It contains problems with perfect and imperfect information, as well as minimax control methods (also known as worst-case control problems or games against nature). I also has a full chapter on suboptimal control and many related techniques, such as open-loop feedback controls, limited lookahead policies, rollout algorithms, and model predictive control, to name a few. ... In conclusion the book is highly recommendable for an introductory course on dynamic programming and its applications. --Onesimo Hernandez Lerma, in Math Reviews

In this two-volume work Bertsekas caters equally effectively to theoreticians who care for proof of such concepts as the existence and the nature of optimal policies and to practitioners interested in the modeling and the quantitative and numerical solution aspects of stochastic dynamic programming. --Michael Caramanis, in Interfaces

In conclusion, this book is an excellent source of reference ... The main strengths of the book are the clarity of the exposition, the quality and variety of the examples, and its coverage of the most recent advances. --T. W. Archibald, in IMA Jnl. of Mathematics

In this two-volume work Bertsekas caters equally effectively to theoreticians who care for proof of such concepts as the existence and the nature of optimal policies and to practitioners interested in the modeling and the quantitative and numerical solution aspects of stochastic dynamic programming. --Michael Caramanis, in Interfaces

In conclusion, this book is an excellent source of reference ... The main strengths of the book are the clarity of the exposition, the quality and variety of the examples, and its coverage of the most recent advances. --T. W. Archibald, in IMA Jnl. of Mathematics

About the Author

Dimitri Bertsekas is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has researched a broad variety of subjects from optimization theory, control theory, parallel and distributed computation, systems analysis, and data communication networks. He has written numerous papers in each of these areas, and he has authored or coauthored fourteen textbooks.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Abhijit Gosavi on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
*This is easily the best book on dynamic programming. It certainly is the most up-to-date book on this topic. The first volume covers numerous topics such as deterministic control, HJB equation for the deterministic case, Pontryagin principle, finite horizon MDPs, partially observable MDPs, and rollout heuristics. The second volume treats the infinite horizon case for the regular MDP --- average reward, discounted reward, semi-Markov control, and even some reinforcement learning.
*I love the notation. The proofs in this book are much easier than those you will find elsewhere. (This opinion is based on my study of proofs in other texts.) The treatment is very sophisticated and yet very accessible! Furthermore, what is really a bonus here --- something you won't find in the other books --- is a discussion on the stochastic shortest path (SSP). The SSP makes it so easy to analyze the average reward problem and the finite horizon problem with a stationary transition probability structure.
*I strongly recommend this book to all readers interested in understanding the basics of DP and the convergence proofs underlying the DP machinery. It is a must on your book shelf if you are working on research in DP or topics related to DP such as reinforcement learning or adaptive (approximate) DP.
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Y. Zheng on January 5, 2007
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It's a good book for dynamic programming, though it requires substantial knowledge of mathematics.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Pal on November 3, 2006
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really nice book on dynamic programming... easy to understand and contains all requisite details.
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