Hybrid RL: Using both offline and online data can make RL efficientDownload PDF

05 Oct 2022 (modified: 22 Oct 2023)Offline RL Workshop NeurIPS 2022Readers: Everyone
Keywords: hybrid reinforcement learning, offline reinforcement learning
TL;DR: We propose a new hybrid RL framework with access to both offline dataset and online interaction, and design a hybrid RL algorithm that is statistically and computationally efficient.
Abstract: We consider a hybrid reinforcement learning setting (Hybrid RL), in which an agent has access to an offline dataset and the ability to collect experience via real-world online interaction. The framework mitigates the challenges that arise in both pure offline and online RL settings, allowing for the design of simple and highly effective algorithms, in both theory and practice. We demonstrate these advantages by adapting the classical Q learning/iteration algorithm to the hybrid setting, which we call Hybrid Q-Learning or Hy-Q. In our theoretical results, we prove that the algorithm is both computationally and statistically efficient whenever the offline dataset supports a high-quality policy and the environment has bounded bilinear rank. Notably, we require no assumptions on the coverage provided by the initial distribution, in contrast with guarantees for policy gradient/iteration methods. In our experimental results, we show that Hy-Q with neural network function approximation outperforms state-of-the-art online, offline, and hybrid RL baselines on challenging benchmarks, including Montezuma’s Revenge.
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