Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction. Second edition, in progress. **** Complete Draft****. November 5, Richard S. Sutton and Andrew G. Barto c Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction. Small book cover. Richard S. Sutton and Andrew G. Barto. Second Edition (see here for the first edition) MIT Press. We first came to focus on what is now known as reinforcement learning in late. We were both at the University of Massachusetts, working on one of.

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Environment: The world through which the agent moves. If you are the agent, the environment could be the laws of physics and the rules of society that process your actions and determine the consequences of them. State S : A state is a concrete and immediate situation in which the agent finds itself; i. It can the current situation returned by the environment, or any future situation. Were you ever in the wrong place at the wrong time?

For example, in a video game, when Mario touches a coin, he wins points. Rewards can be immediate or delayed.

It maps states to actions, the actions that promise the highest reward. Value V : The expected long-term return with discount, as opposed to the short-term reward R. We discount rewards, or lower their estimated value, the further into the future they occur.

See discount factor. Q-value or action-value Q : Q-value is similar to Value, except that it takes an extra parameter, the current action a.

Q maps state-action pairs to rewards. Note the difference between Q and policy. Trajectory: A sequence of states and actions that influence those states. So environments are functions that transform an action taken in the current state into the next state and a reward; agents are functions that transform the new state and reward into the next action. It is a black box where we only see the inputs and outputs. Unlike other forms of machine learning — such as supervised and unsupervised learning — reinforcement learning can only be thought about sequentially in terms of state-action pairs that occur one after the other.

Reinforcement learning judges actions by the results they produce.

It is goal oriented, and its aim is to learn sequences of actions that will lead an agent to achieve its goal, or maximize its objective function. In the real world, the goal might be for a robot to travel from point A to point B, and every inch the robot is able to move closer to point B could be counted like points.

We are summing reward function r over t, which stands for time steps. So this objective function calculates all the reward we could obtain by running through, say, a game.

Here, x is the state at a given time step, and a is the action taken in that state. Reinforcement learning differs from both supervised and unsupervised learning by how it interprets inputs. Labels, putting names to faces… These algorithms learn the correlations between data instances and their labels; that is, they require a labelled dataset.

Reinforcement learning: Eat that thing because it tastes good and will keep you alive longer. Actions based on short- and long-term rewards, such as the amount of calories you ingest, or the length of time you survive. Reinforcement learning can be thought of as supervised learning in an environment of sparse feedback. Domain Selection for Reinforcement Learning One way to imagine an autonomous reinforcement learning agent would be as a blind person attempting to navigate the world with only their ears and a white cane.

Are you using Machine Learning for enterprise applications? The Skymind Platform can help you ship faster. Read the platform overview or request a demo. In fact, deciding which types of input and feedback your agent should pay attention to is a hard problem to solve. This is known as domain selection. Algorithms that are learning how to play video games can mostly ignore this problem, since the environment is man-made and strictly limited.

Thus, video games provide the sterile environment of the lab, where ideas about reinforcement learning can be tested. Domain selection requires human decisions, usually based on knowledge or theories about the problem to be solved; e. Since those actions are state-dependent, what we are really gauging is the value of state-action pairs; i. We map state-action pairs to the values we expect them to produce with the Q function, described above.

Reinforcement learning is the process of running the agent through sequences of state-action pairs, observing the rewards that result, and adapting the predictions of the Q function to those rewards until it accurately predicts the best path for the agent to take. That prediction is known as a policy. Reinforcement learning is an attempt to model a complex probability distribution of rewards in relation to a very large number of state-action pairs.

This is one reason reinforcement learning is paired with, say, a Markov decision process , a method to sample from a complex distribution to infer its properties. It closely resembles the problem that inspired Stan Ulam to invent the Monte Carlo method ; namely, trying to infer the chances that a given hand of solitaire will turn out successful. Any statistical approach is essentially a confession of ignorance.

The immense complexity of some phenomena biological, political, sociological, or related to board games make it impossible to reason from first principles. The only way to study them is through statistics, measuring superficial events and attempting to establish correlations between them, even when we do not understand the mechanism by which they relate. Reinforcement learning, like deep neural networks, is one such strategy, relying on sampling to extract information from data.

After a little time spent employing something like a Markov decision process to approximate the probability distribution of reward over state-action pairs, a reinforcement learning algorithm may tend to repeat actions that lead to reward and cease to test alternatives.

There is a tension between the exploitation of known rewards, and continued exploration to discover new actions that also lead to victory. Reinforcement learning is iterative. It learns those relations by running through states again and again, like athletes or musicians iterate through states in an attempt to improve their performance.

The Relationship Between Machine Learning with Time You could say that an algorithm is a method to more quickly aggregate the lessons of time.

An algorithm can run through the same states over and over again while experimenting with different actions, until it can infer which actions are best from which states.

Effectively, algorithms enjoy their very own Groundhog Day , where they start out as dumb jerks and slowly get wise. Since humans never experience Groundhog Day outside the movie, reinforcement learning algorithms have the potential to learn more, and better, than humans.

Indeed, the true advantage of these algorithms over humans stems not so much from their inherent nature, but from their ability to live in parallel on many chips at once, to train night and day without fatigue, and therefore to learn more.

An algorithm trained on the game of Go, such as AlphaGo, will have played many more games of Go than any human could hope to complete in lifetimes.

Neural networks are the agent that learns to map state-action pairs to rewards. Like all neural networks, they use coefficients to approximate the function relating inputs to outputs, and their learning consists to finding the right coefficients, or weights, by iteratively adjusting those weights along gradients that promise less error.

That is, they perform their typical task of image recognition. But convolutional networks derive different interpretations from images in reinforcement learning than in supervised learning. In supervised learning, the network applies a label to an image; that is, it matches names to pixels. In fact, it will rank the labels that best fit the image in terms of their probabilities.

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