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Time Consistent Discounting

Lattimore, Tor; Hutter, Marcus


A possibly immortal agent tries to maximise its summed discounted rewards over time, where discounting is used to avoid infinite utilities and encourage the agent to value current rewards more than future ones. Some commonly used discount functions lead to time-inconsistent behavior where the agent changes its plan over time. These inconsistencies can lead to very poor behavior. We generalise the usual discounted utility model to one where the discount function changes with the age of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Conference paper
Source: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 6925
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24412-4_30
Access Rights: Open Access


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