On the optimal stopping problems with monotone thresholds

Mitsushi Tamaki
2015 Journal of Applied Probability  
As a class of optimal stopping problems with monotone thresholds, we define the candidate-choice problem (CCP) and derive two formulae for calculating its expected payoff. We apply the first formula to a particular CCP, i.e. the best-choice duration problem treated by Ferguson et al. (1992). The recall case is also examined as a comparison. We also derive the distribution of the stopping time of the CCP and find, as a by-product, that the best-choice problem has a remarkable feature in that the
more » ... optimal probability of choosing the best is just the expected value of the (proportional) stopping time. The similarity between the best-choice duration problem and the best-choice problem with uniform freeze studied by Samuel-Cahn (1996) is recognized.
doi:10.1239/jap/1450802744 fatcat:m6wmipodardw3k4puv5hatpuui