Distributionally Robust Optimal Control and MDP Modeling

In this paper, we discuss Optimal Control and Markov Decision Process (MDP) formulations of multistage optimization problems when the involved probability distributions are not known exactly, but rather are assumed to belong to specified ambiguity families. The aim of this paper is to clarify a connection between such distributionally robust approaches to multistage stochastic optimization. … Read more

Dual bounds for periodical stochastic programs

In this paper we discuss construction of the dual of a periodical formulation of infinite horizon linear stochastic programs with a discount factor. The dual problem is used for computing a deterministic upper bound for the optimal value of the considered multistage stochastic program. Numerical experiments demonstrate behavior of that upper bound especially when the … Read more

Periodical Multistage Stochastic Programs

In some applications the considered multistage stochastic programs have a periodical behavior. We show that in such cases it is possible to drastically reduce the number of stages by introducing a periodical analog of the so-called Bellman equations for discounted infinite horizon problems, used in Markov Decision Processes and Stochastic Optimal Control. Furthermore, we describe … Read more