Q-Ensemble for Offline RL: Don't Scale the Ensemble, Scale the Batch SizeDownload PDF

05 Oct 2022 (modified: 05 May 2023)Offline RL Workshop NeurIPS 2022Readers: Everyone
Keywords: Offline Reinforcement Learning, Q-Ensemble, Large Batch Optimization, Ensemble Based Reinforcement Learning
TL;DR: Large Batch Optimization for SAC-N allows to reduce size of the Q-ensemble and improves convergence time by 3x-4x times on average
Abstract: Training large neural networks is known to be time-consuming, with the learning duration taking days or even weeks. To address this problem, large-batch optimization was introduced. This approach demonstrated that scaling mini-batch sizes with appropriate learning rate adjustments can speed up the training process by orders of magnitude. While long training time was not typically a major issue for model-free deep offline RL algorithms, recently introduced Q-ensemble methods achieving state-of-the-art performance made this issue more relevant, notably extending the training duration. In this work, we demonstrate how this class of methods can benefit from large-batch optimization, which is commonly overlooked by the deep offline RL community. We show that scaling the mini-batch size and naively adjusting the learning rate allows for (1) a reduced size of the Q-ensemble, (2) stronger penalization of out-of-distribution actions, and (3) improved convergence time, effectively shortening training duration by 3x-4x times on average.
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