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# Online Sparse Reinforcement Learning

*Proceedings of The 24th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics*, PMLR 130:316-324, 2021.

#### Abstract

We investigate the hardness of online reinforcement learning in sparse linear Markov decision process (MDP), with a special focus on the high-dimensional regime where the ambient dimension is larger than the number of episodes. Our contribution is two-fold. First, we provide a lower bound showing that linear regret is generally unavoidable, even if there exists a policy that collects well-conditioned data. Second, we show that if the learner has oracle access to a policy that collects well-conditioned data, then a variant of Lasso fitted Q-iteration enjoys a regret of $O(N^{2/3})$ where $N$ is the number of episodes.