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Approximating Optimal Policies for Agents with Limited Execution Resources

03/2004;
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ABSTRACT An agent with limited consumable execution resources needs policies that attempt to achieve good performance while respecting these limitations.

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  • International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research. 01/2007; 3(1).

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