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Generalized Bandit Problems

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Part of the Studies in Choice and Welfare book series (WELFARE)

Summary

This chapter examines a number of extensions of the multi-armed bandit framework. We consider the possibility of an infinite number of available arms, we give conditions under which the Gittins index strategy is well-defined, and we examine the optimality of that strategy. We then consider some difficulties arising from “parallel search,” in which a decision-maker may pull more than one arm per period, and from the introduction of a cost of switching between arms.

Keywords

Optimal Strategy Switching Cost Index Strategy Bandit Problem Dynamic Programming Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityUSA

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