Bayesian Reinforcement Learning via Deep, Sparse Sampling

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Divya Grover, Debabrota Basu, Christos Dimitrakakis ;
Proceedings of the Twenty Third International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 108:3036-3045, 2020.

Abstract

We address the problem of Bayesian reinforcement learning using efficient model-based online planning. We propose an optimism-free Bayes-adaptive algorithm to induce deeper and sparser exploration with a theoretical bound on its performance relative to the Bayes optimal as well as lower computational complexity. The main novelty is the use of a candidate policy generator, to generate long-term options in the planning tree (over beliefs), which allows us to create much sparser and deeper trees. Experimental results on different environments show that in comparison to the state-of-the-art, our algorithm is both computationally more efficient, and obtains significantly higher reward over time in discrete environments.

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