As a class of optimal stopping problems with monotone thresholds, we define the candidate-choice problem (CCP) and derive two formulae for calculating its expected payoff. We apply the first formula to a particular CCP, i.e. the best-choice duration problem treated by Ferguson et al. (1992). The recall case is also examined as a comparison. We also derive the distribution of the stopping time of the CCP and find, as a by-product, that the best-choice problem has a remarkable feature in that the optimal probability of choosing the best is just the expected value of the (proportional) stopping time. The similarity between the best-choice duration problem and the best-choice problem with uniform freeze studied by Samuel-Cahn (1996) is recognized.
"On the optimal stopping problems with monotone thresholds." J. Appl. Probab. 52 (4) 926 - 940, December 2015. https://doi.org/10.1239/jap/1450802744