Accession Number : ADA303934

Title :   Cost-Benefit Policy-Extraction Using a Multiple-Agent Hybrid Control Architecture (MAHCA). Request to Downsizing: Reducing Costs by Distributed Optimization. Part 2. Executive Summary.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Apr 93-31 Mar 95,

Corporate Author : INTERMETRICS INC HUNTINGTON BEACH CA

Personal Author(s) : Cummings, Ben ; Nerode, Anil ; Shell, Karl ; Remmel, Jeffrey

PDF Url : ADA303934

Report Date : 31 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The central hypothesis of this paper is that an optimal composite strategy coordinating the agents for achieving a minimum cost is obtained by an application of the Kohn-Nerode definition of continuity for hybrid systems. The effect is that we can now use infinitesimals to both define the choices available, and construct the equation to be solved. Secure in the knowledge that the optimization strategy for these highly nonlinear combinations is guaranteed to exist, we can guarantee that the finite approximations generated by MAHCA approaches the correct result. The body of the paper provides a notional description of the problem to be optimized (strategic mobility) and an overview of the multiple-agent architecture for extraction of an optimal economic policy law. (AN)

Descriptors :   *OPTIMIZATION, *ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, *COST ANALYSIS, *MILITARY DOWNSIZING, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, POLICIES, COMPETITION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, MILITARY DOCTRINE, FINITE DIFFERENCE THEORY, APPROXIMATION(MATHEMATICS), COST MODELS, HYBRID SYSTEMS, KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, NONLINEAR ANALYSIS, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, ARMY OPERATIONS, ARMY PLANNING, ARMY BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Operations Research
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE