Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bellman Bleg

There are a lot of pithy restatements of Bellman's principle - I'm looking for a good one to use in this paper. The best one I can find is Aris (1964) which is still a little clunky (although fun): If you don’t do the best with what you happen to have got, you’ll never do the best you might have done with what you should have had

Does anyone know a more accessible restatement?


  1. That one is fine as it is, IMO. No need to go with a "cleaner" (i.e., more dull) version; enjoy the absurdity of language and make it fun.

  2. Well, it's cute. But it does not mean what I found after a web search. Which is close to the proverb:

    "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link."

    Maybe you have a different principle in mind.

    1. Looking at the cute version again, it does not say that it is talking about a sequence.

      Assuming that we are talking about the same thing, the following is succinct.

      Every subsequence of an optimal sequence is optimal.


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