In this paper, we extend the notion of person-by-person (pbp) optimization to binary decision spaces. The novelty of our approach is the adaptation to a dynamic team context of notions borrowed from the pseudo-boolean optimization field as completely local-global or unimodal functions and submodularity. We also generalize the concept of pbp optimization to the case where groups of $m$ decisions makers make joint decisions sequentially, which we refer to as $m$b$m$ optimization. The main contribution is a description of sufficient conditions, verifiable in polynomial time, under which a pbp or an $m$b$m$ optimization algorithm converges to the team-optimum. As a second contribution, we present a local and greedy algorithm characterized by approximate decision strategies (i.e., strategies based on a local state vector) that return the same decisions as in the complete information framework (where strategies are based on full state vector). As a last contribution, we also show that there exists a subclass of submodular team problems, recognizable in polynomial time, for which the pbp optimization converges for at least an opportune initialization of the algorithm.
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