IA-MARL: Imputation Assisted Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Missing Training DataDownload PDF


Sep 29, 2021 (edited Oct 06, 2021)ICLR 2022 Conference Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Abstract: Recently, multi-agent reinforcement learning (MARL) adopts the centralized training with decentralized execution (CTDE) framework that trains agents using the data from all agents at a centralized server while each agent takes an action from its observation. In the real world, however, the training data from some agents can be unavailable at the centralized server due to practical reasons including communication failures and security attacks (e.g., data modification), which can slow down training and harm performance. Therefore, we consider the missing training data problem in MARL, and then propose the imputation assisted multiagent reinforcement learning (IA-MARL). IA-MARL consists of two steps: 1) the imputation of missing training data, which uses generative adversarial imputation networks (GAIN), and 2) the mask-based update of the networks, which trains each agent using the training data of corresponding agent, not missed over consecutive times. In the experimental results, we explore the effects of the data missing probability, the number of agents, and the number of pre-training episodes for GAIN on the performance of IA-MARL. We show IA-MARL outperforms a decentralized approach and even can achieve the performance of MARL without missing training data when sufficient imputation accuracy is supported. Our ablation study also shows that both the mask-based update and the imputation accuracy play important roles in achieving the high performance in IA-MARL.
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