ON THE TRANSIENT CASE FOR MARKOV DECISION CHAINS WITH GENERAL STATE SPACES11This research was supported under National Science Foundation Grant GK-37408.

@inproceedings{Pliska1978ONTT,
  title={ON THE TRANSIENT CASE FOR MARKOV DECISION CHAINS WITH GENERAL STATE SPACES11This research was supported under National Science Foundation Grant GK-37408.},
  author={Stanley R. Pliska},
  year={1978}
}
The transient case for discrete time dynamic programs is extended to allow for fairly general state and action spaces. Most of the finite state space results hold, including that the transient case exists if and only if there exists a certain condition involving just the stationary policies. These results are applied to a problem of controlling a multitype branching process.