Fast Inference and Transfer of Compositional Task for Few-shot Task GeneralizationDownload PDF

12 Oct 2021, 19:37 (modified: 01 Dec 2021, 05:10)Deep RL Workshop NeurIPS 2021Readers: Everyone
Keywords: Compositional task, Multi-task reinforcement learning, Transfer reinforcement learning
TL;DR: Multi-task learning approach to tackle real-world problems with complex task structure such as web navigation.
Abstract: We tackle real-world problems with complex structures beyond the pixel-based game or simulator. We formulate it as a few-shot reinforcement learning problem where a task is characterized by a subtask graph that defines a set of subtasks and their dependencies that are unknown to the agent. Different from the previous meta-rl methods trying to directly infer the unstructured task embedding, our multi-task subtask graph inferencer (MTSGI) first infers the common high-level task structure in terms of the subtask graph from the training tasks, and use it as a prior to improve the task inference in testing. Our experiment results on 2D grid-world and complex web navigation domains show that the proposed method can learn and leverage the common underlying structure of the tasks for faster adaptation to the unseen tasks than various existing algorithms such as meta reinforcement learning, hierarchical reinforcement learning, and other heuristic agents.
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