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A rank-based selection with cardinal payoffs and a cost of choice

Krzysztof Szajowski
Arxiv ID: 0812.3483Last updated: 11/23/2020
A version of the secretary problem is considered. The ranks of items, whose values are independent, identically distributed random variables $X_1,X_2,...,X_n$ from a uniform distribution on $[0; 1]$, are observed sequentially by the grader. He has to select exactly one item, when it appears, and receives a payoff which is a function of the unobserved realization of random variable assigned to the item diminished by some cost. The methods of analysis are based on the existence of an embedded Markov chain and use the technique of backward induction. The result is a generalization of the selection model considered by Bearden(2006). The asymptotic behaviour of the solution is also investigated.

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