Ready Policy One: World Building Through Active Learning

Philip Ball, Jack Parker-Holder, Aldo Pacchiano, Krzysztof Choromanski, Stephen Roberts
Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 119:591-601, 2020.

Abstract

Model-Based Reinforcement Learning (MBRL) offers a promising direction for sample efficient learning, often achieving state of the art results for continuous control tasks. However many existing MBRL methods rely on combining greedy policies with exploration heuristics, and even those which utilize principled exploration bonuses construct dual objectives in an ad hoc fashion. In this paper we introduce Ready Policy One (RP1), a framework that views MBRL as an active learning problem, where we aim to improve the world model in the fewest samples possible. RP1 achieves this by utilizing a hybrid objective function, which crucially adapts during optimization, allowing the algorithm to trade off reward v.s. exploration at different stages of learning. In addition, we introduce a principled mechanism to terminate sample collection once we have a rich enough trajectory batch to improve the model. We rigorously evaluate our method on a variety of continuous control tasks, and demonstrate statistically significant gains over existing approaches.

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BibTeX
@InProceedings{pmlr-v119-ball20a, title = {Ready Policy One: World Building Through Active Learning}, author = {Ball, Philip and Parker-Holder, Jack and Pacchiano, Aldo and Choromanski, Krzysztof and Roberts, Stephen}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning}, pages = {591--601}, year = {2020}, editor = {III, Hal Daumé and Singh, Aarti}, volume = {119}, series = {Proceedings of Machine Learning Research}, month = {13--18 Jul}, publisher = {PMLR}, pdf = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v119/ball20a/ball20a.pdf}, url = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v119/ball20a.html}, abstract = {Model-Based Reinforcement Learning (MBRL) offers a promising direction for sample efficient learning, often achieving state of the art results for continuous control tasks. However many existing MBRL methods rely on combining greedy policies with exploration heuristics, and even those which utilize principled exploration bonuses construct dual objectives in an ad hoc fashion. In this paper we introduce Ready Policy One (RP1), a framework that views MBRL as an active learning problem, where we aim to improve the world model in the fewest samples possible. RP1 achieves this by utilizing a hybrid objective function, which crucially adapts during optimization, allowing the algorithm to trade off reward v.s. exploration at different stages of learning. In addition, we introduce a principled mechanism to terminate sample collection once we have a rich enough trajectory batch to improve the model. We rigorously evaluate our method on a variety of continuous control tasks, and demonstrate statistically significant gains over existing approaches.} }
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%0 Conference Paper %T Ready Policy One: World Building Through Active Learning %A Philip Ball %A Jack Parker-Holder %A Aldo Pacchiano %A Krzysztof Choromanski %A Stephen Roberts %B Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning %C Proceedings of Machine Learning Research %D 2020 %E Hal Daumé III %E Aarti Singh %F pmlr-v119-ball20a %I PMLR %P 591--601 %U http://proceedings.mlr.press/v119/ball20a.html %V 119 %X Model-Based Reinforcement Learning (MBRL) offers a promising direction for sample efficient learning, often achieving state of the art results for continuous control tasks. However many existing MBRL methods rely on combining greedy policies with exploration heuristics, and even those which utilize principled exploration bonuses construct dual objectives in an ad hoc fashion. In this paper we introduce Ready Policy One (RP1), a framework that views MBRL as an active learning problem, where we aim to improve the world model in the fewest samples possible. RP1 achieves this by utilizing a hybrid objective function, which crucially adapts during optimization, allowing the algorithm to trade off reward v.s. exploration at different stages of learning. In addition, we introduce a principled mechanism to terminate sample collection once we have a rich enough trajectory batch to improve the model. We rigorously evaluate our method on a variety of continuous control tasks, and demonstrate statistically significant gains over existing approaches.
APA
Ball, P., Parker-Holder, J., Pacchiano, A., Choromanski, K. & Roberts, S.. (2020). Ready Policy One: World Building Through Active Learning. Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning, in Proceedings of Machine Learning Research 119:591-601 Available from http://proceedings.mlr.press/v119/ball20a.html.

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