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Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications
We propose a novel approach to modeling advertising dynamics for a firm operating over a distributed market domain based on controlled partial differential equations of the diffusion type. Using our model, we consider a general type of finite-horizon profit maximization problem in a monopoly setting. By reformulating this profit maximization problem as an optimal control problem in infinite dimensions, we derive sufficient conditions for the existence of its optimal solutions under general profit functions, as well as state and control constraints, and provide a general characterization of the optimal solutions. Sharper, feedback-form characterizations of the optimal solutions are obtained for two variants of the general problem.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10957-007-9350-6
optimal advertising, new product introduction, distributed control, infinite-dimensional analysis, linear-quadratic control
Marinelli, C., & Savin, S. (2008). Optimal Distributed Dynamic Advertising. Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 137 (3), 569-591. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10957-007-9350-6
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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