A discussion of some analytical and computational aspects of a general class of allocation processes (referred to as nonlinear allocation processes) for which the returns are not directly proportional to the allocations. The principal tools used are the functional equation technique of dynamic programming, Lagrange multipliers, and orthogonal expansions. 30 pp.
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