Bellman's principle of optimality

Bellman's principle of optimality

[′bel·mənz ′prin·sə·pəl əv ‚äp·tə′mal·əd·ē]
(industrial engineering)
The principle that an optimal sequence of decisions in a multistage decision process problem has the property that whatever the initial state and decisions are, the remaining decisions must constitute an optimal policy with regard to the state resulting from the first decisions.