Benchmark for Out-of-Distribution Detection in Deep Reinforcement LearningDownload PDF

12 Oct 2021 (modified: 05 May 2023)Deep RL Workshop NeurIPS 2021Readers: Everyone
Keywords: Deep Reinforcement Learning, Out-of-Distribution Detection, Uncertainty Quantification, MC-Dropout, MC-DropConnect, Ensembles
TL;DR: We modify gym environments to make them out of distribution and enable/benchmark out of distribution detection in RL.
Abstract: Reinforcement Learning (RL) based solutions are being adopted in a variety of domains including robotics, health care and industrial automation. Most focus is given to when these solutions work well, but they fail when presented with out of distribution inputs. RL policies share the same faults as most machine learning models. Out of distribution detection for RL is generally not well covered in the literature, and there is a lack of benchmarks for this task. In this work we propose a benchmark to evaluate OOD detection methods in a Reinforcement Learning setting, by modifying the physical parameters of non-visual standard environments or corrupting the state observation for visual environments. We discuss ways to generate custom RL environments that can produce OOD data, and evaluate three uncertainty methods for the OOD detection task. Our results show that ensemble methods have the best OOD detection performance with a lower standard deviation across multiple environments.
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