Offline Policy Comparison with Confidence: Benchmarks and BaselinesDownload PDF

05 Oct 2022 (modified: 29 Apr 2024)Offline RL Workshop NeurIPS 2022Readers: Everyone
Keywords: offline reinforcement learning, reinforcement learning, benchmark, uncertainty, model based reinforcement learning
TL;DR: We introduce a benchmark and baselines to study uncertainty estimation via policy comparisons in offline reinforcement learning datasets.
Abstract: Decision makers often wish to use offline historical data to compare sequential-action policies at various world states. Importantly, computational tools should produce confidence values for such offline policy comparison (OPC) to account for statistical variance and limited data coverage. Nevertheless, there is little work that directly evaluates the quality of confidence values for OPC. In this work, we address this issue by creating benchmarks for OPC with Confidence (OPCC), derived by adding sets of policy comparison queries to datasets from offline reinforcement learning. In addition, we present an empirical evaluation of the \emph{risk versus coverage} trade-off for a class of model-based baselines. In particular, the baselines learn ensembles of dynamics models, which are used in various ways to produce simulations for answering queries with confidence values. While our results suggest advantages for certain baseline variations, there appears to be significant room for improvement in future work.
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