On the Gittins index for multiarmed bandits

R.R. Weber, Ann. Appl. Prob. 2 1024-33, 1992.


This paper considers the multiarmed bandit problem and presents a new proof of
the optimality of the Gittins index policy.  The proof is intuitive and does not
require an interchange argument.  The insight it affords is used to give a
streamlined summary of previous research and to prove a new result:  The optimal
value function is a submodular set function of the available projects.

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