# Sören Christensen: The Role of Statistics in Data-Driven Stochastic Control

**Time: **
Wed 2023-09-20 15.15 - 16.00

**Location: **
Cramer room, Department of Mathematics, Albano

**Participating: **
Sören Christensen, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

### Abstract

Stochastic optimal control problems have a long tradition in applied probability, and the questions addressed are of high relevance in a wide variety of fields. Although theoretical solutions are well understood in many scenarios, their practicality suffers from the assumption of known dynamics of the underlying stochastic process, which raises the statistical challenge of developing purely data-driven controls in a nonparametric framework.

In this talk, we discuss how to bring together stochastic control and statistics, which we explore for ergodic impulse and singular control problems and underlying diffusions. We compare the results to those of deep Q-learning algorithms.