What Matters for On-Policy Deep Actor-Critic Methods? A Large-Scale StudyDownload PDF

28 Sep 2020 (modified: 25 Jan 2021)ICLR 2021 OralReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: Reinforcement learning, continuous control
  • Abstract: In recent years, reinforcement learning (RL) has been successfully applied to many different continuous control tasks. While RL algorithms are often conceptually simple, their state-of-the-art implementations take numerous low- and high-level design decisions that strongly affect the performance of the resulting agents. Those choices are usually not extensively discussed in the literature, leading to discrepancy between published descriptions of algorithms and their implementations. This makes it hard to attribute progress in RL and slows down overall progress [Engstrom'20]. As a step towards filling that gap, we implement >50 such ``"choices" in a unified on-policy deep actor-critic framework, allowing us to investigate their impact in a large-scale empirical study. We train over 250'000 agents in five continuous control environments of different complexity and provide insights and practical recommendations for the training of on-policy deep actor-critic RL agents.
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  • One-sentence Summary: We conduct a large-scale empirical study that provides insights and practical recommendations for the training of on-policy deep actor-critic RL agents.
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