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In a sequential Bayesian ranking and selection problem with independent normal populations and common known variance, we study a previously introduced measurement policy which we refer to as the knowledge-gradient policy. This policy myopically maximizes the expected increment in the value of information in each time period, where the value is measured… (More)

We consider a Bayesian ranking and selection problem with independent normal rewards and a correlated multivariate normal belief on the mean values of these rewards. Because this formulation of the ranking and selection problem models dependence between alternatives' mean values, algorithms may utilize this dependence to perform efficiently even when the… (More)

We consider a class of problems of scheduling n jobs on m identical, uniform, or unrelated parallel machines with an objective of minimizing an additive criterion. We propose a decomposition approach for solving these problems exactly. The decomposition approach rst formulates these problems as an integer program, and then reformulates the integer program,… (More)

I n this paper, we consider a stochastic and time-dependent version of the min-cost integer multicommodity-flow problem that arises in the dynamic resource allocation context. In this problem class, tasks arriving over time have to be covered by a set of indivisible and reusable resources of different types. The assignment of a resource to a task removes… (More)

We address the problem of determining optimal stepsizes for estimating parameters in the context of approximate dynamic programming. The sufficient conditions for convergence of the stepsize rules have been known for 50 years, but practical computational work tends to use formulas with parameters that have to be tuned for specific applications. The problem… (More)

We consider a multistage asset acquisition problem, where assets are purchased now, at a price that varies randomly over time, to be used to satisfy a random demand at a particular point in time in the future. We provide a rare proof of convergence for an approximate dynamic programming algorithm using pure exploitation, where the states we visit depend on… (More)

We propose the use of sequences of separable, piecewise linear approximations for solving nondifferentiable stochastic optimization problems. The approximations are constructed adaptively using a combination of stochastic subgradient information and possibly sample information on the objective function itself. We prove the convergence of several versions of… (More)