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It is shown here that stability of the stochastic approximation algorithm is implied by the asymptotic stability of the origin for an associated o.d.e. This in turn implies convergence of the algorithm. Several speciic classes of algorithms are considered as applications. It is found that the results provide (i) a simpler derivation of known results for(More)
Prerequisites and Co-requisites • Exposure to basic control concepts (e.g., EEL 4657) • Stochastic processes, with an introduction to Markov chains (e.g., EEL5544) • Working knowledge of Matlab Further information to appear at the ccc website, or contact me at meyn@ece. The broad goal is to develop tools for decision-making in complex networked systems.(More)
—We study different notions of capacity for time-slotted ALOHA systems. In these systems, multiple users synchronously send packets in a bursty manner over a common additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel. The users do not coordinate their transmissions, which may collide at the receiver. For such a system, we define both single-slot capacity and(More)
In Part I we developed stability concepts for discrete chains, together with Foster-Lyapunov criteria for them to hold. Part II was devoted to developing related stability concepts for continuous-time processes. In this paper we develop criteria for these forms of stability for continuous-parameter Markovian processes on general state spaces, based on(More)
This paper concerns the structure of capacity-achieving input distributions for stochastic channel models, and a renewed look at their computational aspects. The following conclusions are obtained under general assumptions on the channel statistics. i) The capacity-achieving input distribution is binary for low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The proof is(More)
The average cost optimal control problem is addressed for Markov decision processes with unbounded cost. It is found that the policy iteration algorithm generates a sequence of policies which are c-regular (a strong stability condition), where c is the cost function under consideration. This result only requires the existence of an initial c-regular policy,(More)
This paper establishes new criteria for stability and for instability of multiclass network models under a given stationary policy. It also extends previous results on the approximation of the solution to the average cost optimality equations through an associated fluid model: It is shown that an optimized network possesses a fluid limit model which is(More)