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Reinforcement learning with Gaussian processes
 In Proc. of the 22nd International Conference on Machine Learning
, 2005
"... Gaussian Process Temporal Difference (GPTD) learning offers a Bayesian solution to the policy evaluation problem of reinforcement learning. In this paper we extend the GPTD framework by addressing two pressing issues, which were not adequately treated in the original GPTD paper (Engel et al., 2003). ..."
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Gaussian Process Temporal Difference (GPTD) learning offers a Bayesian solution to the policy evaluation problem of reinforcement learning. In this paper we extend the GPTD framework by addressing two pressing issues, which were not adequately treated in the original GPTD paper (Engel et al., 2003). The first is the issue of stochasticity in the state transitions, and the second is concerned with action selection and policy improvement. We present a new generative model for the value function, deduced from its relation with the discounted return. We derive a corresponding online algorithm for learning the posterior moments of the value Gaussian process. We also present a SARSA based extension of GPTD, termed GPSARSA, that allows the selection of actions and the gradual improvement of policies without requiring a worldmodel.
A Bayesian framework for reinforcement learning
 In Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Machine Learning
, 2000
"... The reinforcement learning problem can be decomposed into two parallel types of inference: (i) estimating the parameters of a model for the underlying process; (ii) determining behavior which maximizes return under the estimated model. Following Dearden, Friedman and Andre (1999), it is proposed tha ..."
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The reinforcement learning problem can be decomposed into two parallel types of inference: (i) estimating the parameters of a model for the underlying process; (ii) determining behavior which maximizes return under the estimated model. Following Dearden, Friedman and Andre (1999), it is proposed that the learning process estimates online the full posterior distribution over models. To determine behavior, a hypothesis is sampled from this distribution and the greedy policy with respect to the hypothesis is obtained by dynamic programming. By using a different hypothesis for each trial appropriate exploratory and exploitative behavior is obtained. This Bayesian method always converges to the optimal policy for a stationary process with discrete states. 1.
Bayes Meets Bellman: The Gaussian Process Approach to Temporal Difference Learning
 Proc. of the 20th International Conference on Machine Learning
, 2003
"... We present a novel Bayesian approach to the problem of value function estimation in continuous state spaces. We de ne a probabilistic generative model for the value function by imposing a Gaussian prior over value functions and assuming a Gaussian noise model. ..."
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We present a novel Bayesian approach to the problem of value function estimation in continuous state spaces. We de ne a probabilistic generative model for the value function by imposing a Gaussian prior over value functions and assuming a Gaussian noise model.
Graph Kernels and Gaussian Processes for Relational Reinforcement Learning
 Machine Learning
, 2003
"... Relational reinforcement learning is a Qlearning technique for relational stateaction spaces. It aims to enable agents to learn how to act in an environment that has no natural representation as a tuple of constants. In this case, the learning algorithm used to approximate the mapping between stat ..."
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Relational reinforcement learning is a Qlearning technique for relational stateaction spaces. It aims to enable agents to learn how to act in an environment that has no natural representation as a tuple of constants. In this case, the learning algorithm used to approximate the mapping between stateaction pairs and their so called Q(uality)value has to be not only very reliable, but it also has to be able to handle the relational representation of stateaction pairs. In this paper we investigate...
Algorithms and Representations for Reinforcement Learning
, 2005
"... “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” ..."
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“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
Implicit imitation in multiagent reinforcement learning
 IN: PROC. ICML
, 1999
"... Imitation is actively being studied as an effective means of learning in multiagent environments. It allows an agent to learn how to act well (perhaps optimally) by passively observing the actions of cooperative teachers or other more experienced agents its environment. We propose a straightforward ..."
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Imitation is actively being studied as an effective means of learning in multiagent environments. It allows an agent to learn how to act well (perhaps optimally) by passively observing the actions of cooperative teachers or other more experienced agents its environment. We propose a straightforward imitation mechanism called model extraction that can be integrated easily into standard modelbased reinforcement learning algorithms. Roughly, by observing a mentor with similar capabilities, an agent can extract information about its own capabilities in unvisited parts of state space. The extracted information can accelerate learning dramatically. We illustrate the benefits of model extraction by integrating it with prioritized sweeping, and demonstrating improved performance and convergence through observation of single and multiple mentors. Though we make some stringent assumptions regarding observability, possible interactions and common abilities, we briefly comment on extensions of the model that relax these.
Multitask reinforcement learning: A hierarchical bayesian approach
 In: ICML ’07: Proceedings of the 24th international conference on Machine learning
, 2007
"... We consider the problem of multitask reinforcement learning, where the agent needs to solve a sequence of Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) chosen randomly from a fixed but unknown distribution. We model the distribution over MDPs using a hierarchical Bayesian infinite mixture model. For each novel ..."
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We consider the problem of multitask reinforcement learning, where the agent needs to solve a sequence of Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) chosen randomly from a fixed but unknown distribution. We model the distribution over MDPs using a hierarchical Bayesian infinite mixture model. For each novel MDP, we use the previously learned distribution as an informed prior for modelbased Bayesian reinforcement learning. The hierarchical Bayesian framework provides a strong prior that allows us to rapidly infer the characteristics of new environments based on previous environments, while the use of a nonparametric model allows us to quickly adapt to environments we have not encountered before. In addition, the use of infinite mixtures allows for the model to automatically learn the number of underlying MDP components. We evaluate our approach and show that it leads to significant speedups in convergence to an optimal policy after observing only a small number of tasks. 1.
Gaussian Processes in Reinforcement Learning
 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16
, 2004
"... We exploit some useful properties of Gaussian process (GP) regression models for reinforcement learning in continuous state spaces and discrete time. We demonstrate how the GP model allows evaluation of the value function in closed form. The resulting policy iteration algorithm is demonstrated on a ..."
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We exploit some useful properties of Gaussian process (GP) regression models for reinforcement learning in continuous state spaces and discrete time. We demonstrate how the GP model allows evaluation of the value function in closed form. The resulting policy iteration algorithm is demonstrated on a simple problem with a two dimensional state space. Further, we speculate that the intrinsic ability of GP models to characterise distributions of functions would allow the method to capture entire distributions over future values instead of merely their expectation, which has traditionally been the focus of much of reinforcement learning. 1
Learning Evaluation Functions For Global Optimization
, 1998
"... In complex sequential decision problems suchasscheduling factory production, planning medical treatments, and playing backgammon, optimal decision policies are in general unknown, and it is often difficult, even for human domain experts, to manually encode good decision policies in software. The rei ..."
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In complex sequential decision problems suchasscheduling factory production, planning medical treatments, and playing backgammon, optimal decision policies are in general unknown, and it is often difficult, even for human domain experts, to manually encode good decision policies in software. The reinforcementlearning methodology of "value function approximation" (VFA) offers an alternative: systems can learn effective decision policies autonomously, simply by simulating the task and keeping statistics on which decisions lead to good ultimate performance and which do not. This thesis advances the state of the art in VFA in two ways. First, it