Agreement in teams and the dynamic programming approach under information constraints

Serdar Yüksel, Tamer Başar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter presents the notions of agreement and common knowledge, and addresses the question of how to achieve common knowledge. It presents a general framework for obtaining solutions to dynamic team problems under decentralized information structures based on dynamic programming and an evolving common knowledge, and applies this primarily in the context of the belief sharing information pattern. Information rates required for tractability of optimal solutions are also presented. Finally, the chapter introduces a team cost-rate function, which provides the minimum cost subject to a rate constraint on the information exchange among members of a team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSystems and Control
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations and Applications
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSystems and Control: Foundations and Applications
ISSN (Print)2324-9749
ISSN (Electronic)2324-9757


  • Agreement
  • Belief sharing information pattern
  • Common knowledge
  • Communication requirements for agreement
  • Dynamic programming approach to team decision problems
  • Inconsistent priors
  • Team cost-rate function
  • Team decision theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Computational Mathematics


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