Distributional deep Q-learning with CVaR regressionDownload PDF

08 Oct 2022 (modified: 05 May 2023)Deep RL Workshop 2022Readers: Everyone
Keywords: deep reinforcement learning, distributional reinforcement learning
TL;DR: Distributional deep reinforcement learning based on Wasserstein-2 projections and squared loss with CVaR targets.
Abstract: Reinforcement learning (RL) allows an agent interacting sequentially with an environment to maximize its long-term return, in expectation. In distributional RL (DRL), the agent is also interested in the probability distribution of the return, not just its expected value. This so-called distributional perspective of RL has led to new algorithms with improved empirical performance. In this paper, we recall the atomic DRL (ADRL) framework based on atomic distributions projected via the Wasserstein-2 metric. Then, we derive two new deep ADRL algorithms, namely SAD-Q-learning and MAD-Q-learning (both for the control task). Numerical experiments on various environments compare our approach against existing deep (distributional) RL methods.
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