Particle Based Stochastic Policy OptimizationDownload PDF


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  • Keywords: reinforcement learning, deep learning
  • Abstract: Stochastic polic have been widely applied for their good property in exploration and uncertainty quantification. Modeling policy distribution by joint state-action distribution within the exponential family has enabled flexibility in exploration and learning multi-modal policies and also involved the probabilistic perspective of deep reinforcement learning (RL). The connection between probabilistic inference and RL makes it possible to leverage the advancements of probabilistic optimization tools. However, recent efforts are limited to the minimization of reverse KLdivergence which is confidence-seeking and may fade the merit of a stochastic policy. To leverage the full potential of stochastic policy and provide more flexible property, there is a strong motivation to consider different update rules during policy optimization. In this paper, we propose a particle-based probabilistic pol-icy optimization framework, ParPI, which enables the usage of a broad family of divergence or distances, such asf-divergences, and the Wasserstein distance which could serve better probabilistic behavior of the learned stochastic policy. Experiments in both online and offline settings demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm as well as the characteristics of different discrepancy measures for policy optimization.
  • One-sentence Summary: We proposed a particle-based discrepancy minimization framework for stochastic policy optimization which enables different discrepancy measure choices, and it works well in both online and offline settings.
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