Task Factorization in Curriculum LearningDownload PDF

28 May 2022 (modified: 05 May 2023)DARL 2022Readers: Everyone
Keywords: Curriculum learning
TL;DR: Identifying the factors of the domains to consider when choosing the set of source tasks for curriculum learning
Abstract: A common challenge for learning when applied to a complex ``target'' task is that learning that task all at once can be too difficult due to inefficient exploration given a sparse reward signal. Curriculum Learning addresses this challenge by sequencing training tasks for a learner to facilitate gradual learning. One of the crucial steps in finding a suitable curriculum learning approach is to understand the dimensions along which the domain can be factorized. In this paper, we identify different types of factorizations common in the literature of curriculum learning for reinforcement learning tasks: factorizations that involve the agent, the environment, or the mission. For each factorization category, we identify the relevant algorithms and techniques that leverage that factorization and present several case studies to showcase how leveraging an appropriate factorization can boost learning using a simple curriculum.
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