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A Distributed Actor-Critic Algorithm and Applications to Mobile Sensor Network Coordination Problems

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2 Author(s)
Paris Pennesi ; RBS Global Banking & Markets 135 Bishopsgate, London, UK ; Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis

We introduce and establish the convergence of a distributed actor-critic method that orchestrates the coordination of multiple agents solving a general class of a Markov decision problem. The method leverages the centralized single-agent actor-critic algorithm of and uses a consensus-like algorithm for updating agents' policy parameters. As an application and to validate our approach we consider a reward collection problem as an instance of a multi-agent coordination problem in a partially known environment and subject to dynamical changes and communication constraints.

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IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 2 )