Markov Decision Processes to Model Livestock Systems [chapter]

Lars Relund Nielsen, Anders Ringgaard Kristensen
2015 International Series in Operations Research and Management Science  
Livestock farming problems are often sequential in nature. For instance at a specific time instance the decision on whether to replace an animal or not is based on known information and expectation about the future. At the next decision epoch updated information is available and the decision choice is re-evaluated. As a result Markov decision processes (MDPs) have been used to model livestock decision problems over the last decades. The objective of this chapter is to review the increasing
more » ... t of papers using MDPs to model livestock farming systems and provide an overview over the recent advances within this branch of research. Moreover, theory and algorithms for solving both ordinary and hierarchical MDPs are given and possible software for solving MDPs are considered. * Preprint of L.R. Nielsen and A.R. Kristensen, Markov decision processes to model livestock systems in L.M.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-2483-7_19 fatcat:4ezlvzlshbdq3d4mshlj2ltshe