A mean field absorbing control model for interacting objects systems

M. Elena Martínez-Manzanares, J. Adolfo Minjárez-Sosa*

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We study a class of discrete-time stochastic systems composed of a large number of N interacting objects, which are classified in a finite number of classes. The behavior of the objects is controlled by a central decision-maker as follows. At each stage, once the configuration of the system is observed, the controller takes a decision; then a cost is incurred and there is a positive probability the process stops, otherwise the objects move randomly among the classes according to a transition probability. That is, with positive probability, the system is absorbed by a configuration that represents the death of the system, and there it will remain without incurring cost. Due to the large number of objects, the control problem is studied according to the mean field theory. Thus, instead of analyzing a single object, we focus on the proportions of objects occupying each class, and then we study the limit as N goes to infinity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-372
Number of pages24
JournalDiscrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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  • Control problems
  • Mean field theory
  • Optimal policies
  • Random horizon
  • Systems of interacting objects


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