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Temporal Difference and Policy Search Methods for Reinforcement Learning: An Empirical Comparison

Matthew E. Taylor, Shimon Whiteson, and Peter Stone. Temporal Difference and Policy Search Methods for Reinforcement Learning: An Empirical Comparison. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Conference on Artificial Intelligence, pp. 1675–1678, July 2007. Nectar Track
AAAI 2007

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Abstract

Reinforcement learning (RL) methods have become popular in recent years because of their ability to solve complex tasks with minimal feedback. Both genetic algorithms (GAs) and temporal difference (TD) methods have proven effective at solving difficult RL problems, but few rigorous comparisons have been conducted. Thus, no general guidelines describing the methods' relative strengths and weaknesses are available. This paper summarizes a detailed empirical comparison between a GA and a TD method in Keepaway, a standard RL benchmark domain based on robot soccer. The results from this study help isolate the factors critical to the performance of each learning method and yield insights into their general strengths and weaknesses.

BibTeX Entry

@InProceedings(AAAI07-taylor,
        author="Matthew E.\ Taylor and Shimon Whiteson and  Peter Stone",
        title="Temporal Difference and Policy Search Methods for
         Reinforcement Learning: An Empirical Comparison",
        note = "Nectar Track",
	pages="1675--1678",
        booktitle="Proceedings of the Twenty-Second 
         Conference on Artificial Intelligence",
        month="July",year="2007", 
        abstract="Reinforcement learning (RL) methods have become
         popular in recent years because of their ability to solve
         complex tasks with minimal feedback. Both genetic algorithms
         (GAs) and temporal difference (TD) methods have proven
         effective at solving difficult RL problems, but few rigorous
         comparisons have been conducted. Thus, no general guidelines
         describing the methods' relative strengths and weaknesses are
         available. This paper summarizes a detailed empirical
         comparison between a GA and a TD method in Keepaway, a
         standard RL benchmark domain based on robot soccer. The
         results from this study help isolate the factors critical to
         the performance of each learning method and yield insights
         into their general strengths and weaknesses.",
        wwwnote={<a href="http://www.aaai.org/Conferences/National/2007/aaai07.html">AAAI
         2007</a>}, 
)

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