Adaptive Control Processes by Bellman 1961

Any opinions on Bellman's 1961 book publ. by RAND Corp? (I'm at a used
book store)

I don't know the book, but Googling on him, I'd expect it to be squarely in the area of optimal control theory, i.e. using a model of the environment to predict how the controlled variable will respond to an output, in order to choose a sequence of outputs that will optimise some measure of the predicted performance.

Here's a short paper by him on the subject from 1959:
http://www.pnas.org/content/45/8/1288.full.pdf+html
The "Discussion" paragraph at the end is, er, odd.

Any particular reason for singling out this old book?

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At 11:30 -0800 27/1/09, Tracy Harms wrote:

Any opinions on Bellman's 1961 book publ. by RAND Corp? (I'm at a used
book store)

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Richard Kennaway, jrk@cmp.uea.ac.uk, http://www.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~jrk/
School of Computing Sciences,
University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, U.K.

No good reason; browsing with a 4-yo interfered with normal assessment
efforts. Thanks!

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On 1/27/09, Richard Kennaway <jrk@cmp.uea.ac.uk> wrote:

At 11:30 -0800 27/1/09, Tracy Harms wrote:

Any opinions on Bellman's 1961 book publ. by RAND Corp? (I'm at a used
book store)

I don't know the book, but Googling on him, I'd expect it to be
squarely in the area of optimal control theory, i.e. using a model of
the environment to predict how the controlled variable will respond
to an output, in order to choose a sequence of outputs that will
optimise some measure of the predicted performance.

Here's a short paper by him on the subject from 1959:
http://www.pnas.org/content/45/8/1288.full.pdf+html
The "Discussion" paragraph at the end is, er, odd.

Any particular reason for singling out this old book?

--
Richard Kennaway, jrk@cmp.uea.ac.uk, http://www.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~jrk/
School of Computing Sciences,
University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, U.K.

Actually, on further googling, I think I short-changed Bellman. He was a major pioneer of optimal control theory, with a fundamental equation named after him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Bellman

Of course, round these parts, "major pioneer of optimal control theory" might be considered damning with faint praise. :slight_smile:

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At 12:05 -0800 27/1/09, Tracy Harms wrote:

No good reason; browsing with a 4-yo interfered with normal assessment
efforts. Thanks!

--
Richard Kennaway, jrk@cmp.uea.ac.uk, http://www.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~jrk/
School of Computing Sciences,
University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, U.K.