A PAC RL Algorithm for Episodic POMDPs

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Zhaohan Daniel Guo, Shayan Doroudi, Emma Brunskill ;
Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 51:510-518, 2016.

Abstract

Many interesting real world domains involve reinforcement learning (RL) in partially observable environments. Efficient learning in such domains is important, but existing sample complexity bounds for partially observable RL are at least exponential in the episode length. We give, to our knowledge, the first partially observable RL algorithm with a polynomial bound on the number of episodes on which the algorithm may not achieve near-optimal performance. Our algorithm is suitable for an important class of episodic POMDPs. Our approach builds on recent advances in the method of moments for latent variable model estimation.

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