Ronald A. Howard

  • James E. Matheson
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 147)


Ron Howard is recognizedas a pioneer in the fields of Markov decision processes and the general field of decision analysis (DA), a term that he introduced. In a series of papers published in the 1960s, Ron laid out the principles of applied decision theory and brought the techniques of practical DA to various audiences, especially operations research (OR) and engineering. He furthered the application of DA by combining his academic teaching objectives with the founding of the first DA management consulting organization.


Operation Research Decision Analysis Markov Decision Process Policy Iteration Influence Diagram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James E. Matheson
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  1. 1.SmartOrg Inc.Menlo ParkUSA

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