Reinforcement Learning

Tutorial Slides by Andrew Moore

You need to be happy about Markov Decision Processes (the previous Andrew Tutorial) before venturing into Reinforcement Learning. It concerns the fascinating question of whether you can train a controller to perform optimally in a world where it may be necessary to suck up some short term punishment in order to achieve long term reward. We will discuss certainty-equivalent RL, the Temporal Difference (TD) learning, and finally Q-learning. The curse of dimensionality will be constantly learning over our shoulder, salivating and cackling.

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