Optimal Control of Discrete Models

An introduction to the idea of optimal control of discrete time models will be given. The steps in formulating (choosing goal) and solving such problems will be discussed, including that the order of events in a discrete time model is crucial. An iterative forward-backward sweep method for numerical solutions of such problems will be included. An example of an epidemic model for rabies in raccoons, which is discrete in both time and space, will also be presented.

Suzanne M. Lenhart, University of Tennessee

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