PyData Charlotte - Markov decision processes

February 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Center City Building, Room 906

The PyData Charlotte Group has partnered with the School of Data Science to hold monthly meetups for students and anyone interested in learning Python. For each session, we plan to have an introduction topic for those new to Python, and an advanced topic for the veteran coders.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there were multiple courses of action with different potential outcomes? How do you decide what to do? In this talk, Eric Cotner will discuss Markov decision processes (MDP's); a quantitative framework for determining an optimal sequence of actions. We'll learn how to set up an MDP, what kinds of situations they can be applied to, some of the math behind it, and finally, an easy way to solve simple MDP's using the python package `pymdptoolbox`. If you're interested in applying optimal decision making to your life or work, you won't want to miss this!