Learning to Act in Decentralized Partially Observable MDPs


Jilles Dibangoye, Olivier Buffet ;
Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 80:1241-1250, 2018.


We address a long-standing open problem of reinforcement learning in decentralized partially observable Markov decision processes. Previous attempts focussed on different forms of generalized policy iteration, which at best led to local optima. In this paper, we restrict attention to plans, which are simpler to store and update than policies. We derive, under certain conditions, the first near-optimal cooperative multi-agent reinforcement learning algorithm. To achieve significant scalability gains, we replace the greedy maximization by mixed-integer linear programming. Experiments show our approach can learn to act near-optimally in many finite domains from the literature.

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