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Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes
From Filtering to Controlled Sensing

  • Date Published: March 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107134607


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  • Covering formulation, algorithms, and structural results, and linking theory to real-world applications in controlled sensing (including social learning, adaptive radars and sequential detection), this book focuses on the conceptual foundations of partially observed Markov decision processes (POMDPs). It emphasizes structural results in stochastic dynamic programming, enabling graduate students and researchers in engineering, operations research, and economics to understand the underlying unifying themes without getting weighed down by mathematical technicalities. Bringing together research from across the literature, the book provides an introduction to nonlinear filtering followed by a systematic development of stochastic dynamic programming, lattice programming and reinforcement learning for POMDPs. Questions addressed in the book include: when does a POMDP have a threshold optimal policy? When are myopic policies optimal? How do local and global decision makers interact in adaptive decision making in multi-agent social learning where there is herding and data incest? And how can sophisticated radars and sensors adapt their sensing in real time?

    • Links theory to real-world applications in controlled sensing
    • Brings together results from across the literature and from multiple different disciplines
    • Includes several new topics, such as reciprocal processes, geometric ergodicity of the optimal filter, data incest and social learning
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    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107134607
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Stochastic Models and Bayesian Filtering:
    2. Stochastic state-space models
    3. Optimal filtering
    4. Algorithms for maximum likelihood parameter estimation
    5. Multi-agent sensing: social learning and data incest
    Part II. Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes. Models and Algorithms:
    6. Fully observed Markov decision processes
    7. Partially observed Markov decision processes (POMDPs)
    8. POMDPs in controlled sensing and sensor scheduling
    Part III. Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes:
    9. Structural results for Markov decision processes
    10. Structural results for optimal filters
    11. Monotonicity of value function for POMPDs
    12. Structural results for stopping time POMPDs
    13. Stopping time POMPDs for quickest change detection
    14. Myopic policy bounds for POMPDs and sensitivity to model parameters
    Part IV. Stochastic Approximation and Reinforcement Learning:
    15. Stochastic optimization and gradient estimation
    16. Reinforcement learning
    17. Stochastic approximation algorithms: examples
    18. Summary of algorithms for solving POMPDs
    Appendix A. Short primer on stochastic simulation
    Appendix B. Continuous-time HMM filters
    Appendix C. Markov processes
    Appendix D. Some limit theorems

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    Vikram Krishnamurthy, Cornell University/Cornell Tech
    Vikram Krishnamurthy is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Signal Processing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His research contributions focus on nonlinear filtering, stochastic approximation algorithms and POMDPs. Dr Krishnamurthy is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and served as a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

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