Title page for ETD etd-0709103-110308

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dutsch, Ryan A
URN etd-0709103-110308
Title A Risk-Averse Strategy for Blackjack Using Fractional Dynamic Programming
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Mathematics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
George Cochran Committee Chair
James Geaghan Committee Member
William Adkins Committee Member
  • strategy
  • dynamic programming
  • blackjack
Date of Defense 2003-07-07
Availability unrestricted
We present how blackjack is related to a discrete-time control problem, rather than a zero-sum game. Using the compiler Visual C++, we write a program for a strategy for blackjack, but instead of maximizing the expected value, we use a risk-averse approach. We briefly describe how this risk-averse strategy is solved by using a special type of dynamic programming called fractional dynamic programming.
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