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This paper introduces and develops a new approach to the theory of continuous time jump Markov decision processes (CTJMDP). This approach reduces discounted CTJMDPs to discounted semi-Markov decision processes (SMDPs) and eventually to discrete-time Markov decision processes (MDPs). The reduction is based on the equivalence of strategies that change actions between jumps and the randomized strategies that change actions only at jump epochs. This holds both for one-criterion problems and fordoi:10.1287/moor.1040.0089 fatcat:i7huh3pguvbonpynd4rv3shoxy