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Trajectory-Based Off-Policy Deep Reinforcement Learning


Conference Paper


Policy gradient methods are powerful reinforcement learning algorithms and have been demonstrated to solve many complex tasks. However, these methods are also data-inefficient, afflicted with high variance gradient estimates, and frequently get stuck in local optima. This work addresses these weaknesses by combining recent improvements in the reuse of off-policy data and exploration in parameter space with deterministic behavioral policies. The resulting objective is amenable to standard neural network optimization strategies like stochastic gradient descent or stochastic gradient Hamiltonian Monte Carlo. Incorporation of previous rollouts via importance sampling greatly improves data-efficiency, whilst stochastic optimization schemes facilitate the escape from local optima. We evaluate the proposed approach on a series of continuous control benchmark tasks. The results show that the proposed algorithm is able to successfully and reliably learn solutions using fewer system interactions than standard policy gradient methods.

Author(s): Andreas Doerr and Michael Volpp and Marc Toussaint and Sebastian Trimpe and Christian Daniel
Book Title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
Year: 2019
Month: June

Department(s): Intelligent Control Systems
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

Event Name: International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)
Event Place: Long Beach, CA, USA

State: Accepted

Links: arXiv


  title = {Trajectory-Based Off-Policy Deep Reinforcement Learning},
  author = {Doerr, Andreas and Volpp, Michael and Toussaint, Marc and Trimpe, Sebastian and Daniel, Christian},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML)},
  month = jun,
  year = {2019},
  month_numeric = {6}