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What is the Bellman equation and what is it used for in dynamic programming?

The Bellman equation is a necessary condition for optimality associated with dynamic programming. It is used to solve optimization problems by breaking a multi-period planning problem into simpler steps at different points in time.

Who is the Bellman equation named after?

The equation is named after Richard E. Bellman.

What kind of algebraic structures does the Bellman equation apply to?

The equation applies to algebraic structures with a total ordering.

What is the analogous equation to the Bellman equation in continuous-time optimization problems?

The analogous equation in continuous-time optimization problems is a partial differential equation called the Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation.

What is the optimal plan described by in dynamic programming?

The optimal plan is described by finding a rule that tells what the controls should be, given any possible value of the state.

What is the optimal decision rule in dynamic programming?

The optimal decision rule is the one that achieves the best possible value of the objective.

How did Bellman state a dynamic optimization problem in discrete time?

Bellman showed that a dynamic optimization problem in discrete time can be stated in a recursive, step-by-step form known as backward induction by writing down the relationship between the value function in one period and the value function in the next period.

What is state augmentation and how is it related to the Bellman equation?

State augmentation is the process of introducing new state variables to find the appropriate Bellman equation in dynamic programming.

What are some computational issues that arise when solving optimization problems using dynamic programming?

Computational issues include the curse of dimensionality and informational difficulties when choosing the discount rate.

What are some economic applications of the Bellman equation and dynamic programming?

The Bellman equation and dynamic programming are used in economics to solve a wide range of theoretical problems, including capital budgeting and business valuation. They are also used in Robert C. Merton's intertemporal capital asset pricing model.

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• Bellman equation is a necessary condition for optimality associated with dynamic programming
• It is named after Richard E. Bellman
• The equation applies to algebraic structures with a total ordering
• In continuous-time optimization problems, the analogous equation is a partial differential equation called the Hamilton–Jacobi–Bellman equation
• Dynamic programming breaks a multi-period planning problem into simpler steps at different points in time
• The optimal plan is described by finding a rule that tells what the controls should be, given any possible value of the state
• The optimal decision rule is the one that achieves the best possible value of the objective
• Bellman showed that a dynamic optimization problem in discrete time can be stated in a recursive, step-by-step form known as backward induction by writing down the relationship between the value function in one period and the value function in the next period
• The appropriate Bellman equation can be found by introducing new state variables (state augmentation)
• The resulting augmented-state multi-stage optimization problem has a higher dimensional state space than the original multi-stage optimization problem - an issue that can potentially render the augmented problem intractable due to the “curse of dimensionality”
• The Bellman equation is used in dynamic programming to solve optimization problems.
• It simplifies the problem significantly when the variable is governed by a Markov process.
• The resulting optimal policy function is measurable.
• The Bellman equation takes a similar form for a general stochastic sequential optimization problem.
• Martin Beckmann and Richard Muth were the first to apply the Bellman equation in economics.
• Robert C. Merton's intertemporal capital asset pricing model is a celebrated economic application of the Bellman equation.
• Dynamic programming is referred to as a "recursive method" in economics.
• Recursive economics is a subfield of economics that uses dynamic programming.
• Nancy Stokey, Robert E. Lucas, and Edward Prescott describe stochastic and nonstochastic dynamic programming in considerable detail.
• Dynamic programming is employed to solve a wide range of theoretical problems in economics.
• Dixit and Pindyck showed the value of dynamic programming for capital budgeting.
• Informational difficulties arise when choosing the discount rate.
• Computational issues include the curse of dimensionality.
• A Bellman equation is a recursion for expected rewards in Markov decision processes.
• The equation describes the expected reward for following a fixed policy.
• The Bellman optimality equation is for the optimal policy.
• The equation describes the reward for taking the action with the highest expected return.
• Miranda and Fackler, and Meyn 2007 discuss computational issues.
• The technique can be applied to privately held businesses.

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