Continual Auxiliary Task LearningDownload PDF

21 May 2021, 20:47 (edited 21 Jan 2022)NeurIPS 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: Reinforcement Learning, Never-Ending Learning, Auxiliary Tasks, Intrinsic Motivation, Off-Policy Learning, Successor Features, General Value Functions
  • TL;DR: Adapting behaviour for auxiliary task learning
  • Abstract: Learning auxiliary tasks, such as multiple predictions about the world, can provide many benefits to reinforcement learning systems. A variety of off-policy learning algorithms have been developed to learn such predictions, but as yet there is little work on how to adapt the behavior to gather useful data for those off-policy predictions. In this work, we investigate a reinforcement learning system designed to learn a collection of auxiliary tasks, with a behavior policy learning to take actions to improve those auxiliary predictions. We highlight the inherent non-stationarity in this continual auxiliary task learning problem, for both prediction learners and the behavior learner. We develop an algorithm based on successor features that facilitates tracking under non-stationary rewards, and prove the separation into learning successor features and rewards provides convergence rate improvements. We conduct an in-depth study into the resulting multi-prediction learning system.
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