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Kernel-based reinforcement learning in average-cost problems

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2 Author(s)
Ormoneit, D. ; Marshall Wace Asset Manage., London, UK ; Glynn, P.

Reinforcement learning (RL) is concerned with the identification of optimal controls in Markov decision processes (MDPs) where no explicit model of the transition probabilities is available. We propose a class of RL algorithms which always produces stable estimates of the value function. In detail, we use "local averaging" methods to construct an approximate dynamic programming (ADP) algorithm. Nearest-neighbor regression, grid-based approximations, and trees can all be used as the basis of this approximation. We provide a thorough theoretical analysis of this approach and we demonstrate that ADP converges to a unique approximation in continuous-state average-cost MDPs. In addition, we prove that our method is consistent in the sense that an optimal approximate strategy is identified asymptotically. With regard to a practical implementation, we suggest a reduction of ADP to standard dynamic programming in an artificial finite-state MDP.

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Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 10 )