Towards Mixed Optimization forReinforcement Learning with Program Synthesis


Jun 09, 2018 (modified: Jul 05, 2018) ICML 2018 Workshop NAMPI Blind Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: Deep reinforcement learning has led to many recent breakthroughs, but the learnt policies are often based on black-box neural networks, which makes them difficult to interpret and to impose desired specification constraints during learning. We present an iterative framework, MORL, for improving the learned policies using program synthesis. Concretely, we propose to use synthesis techniques to obtain a symbolic representation of the learned policy, which can then be debugged manually or automatically using program repair. After the repair step, we use behavior cloning to obtain the policy corresponding to the repaired program, which is then further improved using gradient descent. This process continues until the learned policy satisfies desired constraints. We instantiate MORL for the simple CartPole problem and show that the programmatic representation allows for high-level modifications that in turn lead to improved learning of the policies.
  • Keywords: reinforcement learning, program synthesis, machine learning, deep learninig
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