Optimization of stochastic models : the interface between simulation and optimization

George Ch. Pflug

Stochastic models are everywhere. In manufacturing, queuing models are used for modeling production processes, realistic inventory models are stochastic in nature. Stochastic models are considered in transportation and communication. Marketing models use stochastic descriptions of the demands and buyer's behaviors. In finance, market prices and exchange rates are assumed to be certain stochastic processes, and insurance claims appear at random times with random amounts. To each decision problem, a cost function is associated. Costs may be direct or indirect, like loss of time, quality deterioration, loss in production or dissatisfaction of customers. In decision making under uncertainty, the goal is to minimize the expected costs. However, in practically all realistic models, the calculation of the expected costs is impossible due to the model complexity. Simulation is the only practicable way of getting insight into such models. Thus, the problem of optimal decisions can be seen as getting simulation and optimization effectively combined. The field is quite new and yet the number of publications is enormous. This book does not even try to touch all work done in this area. Instead, many concepts are presented and treated with mathematical rigor and necessary conditions for the correctness of various approaches are stated. Optimization of Stochastic Models: The Interface Between Simulation and Optimization is suitable as a text for a graduate level course on Stochastic Models or as a secondary text for a graduate level course in Operations Research.

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  • 1. Optimization. 2. Discrete-Event Processes. 3. Derivatives. 4. Simulation and Sensitivity Estimation. 5. Stochastic Approximation. A: Metric Spaces. B: Sequences and Series. C: Matrix Algebra. D: Derivatives. E: Convexity and Convex Projections. F: Set-Wise Convergence.G: Duality and Lagrangians. H: Probability Spaces and Random Variables. I: Convergence of Random Variables. J: The Wasserstein Distance. K: Conditional Expectations. L: Martingales. M: Choquet Theory. N: Coupling. Index.

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書名 Optimization of stochastic models : the interface between simulation and optimization
著作者等 Pflug, Georg Ch.
Pflug Georg
シリーズ名 The Kluwer international series in engineering and computer science
出版元 Kluwer Academic
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 xiv, 382 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0792397800
NCID BA28469490
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国