Using Logical Specifications of Objectives in Multi-Objective Reinforcement Learning

Anonymous

Sep 25, 2019 ICLR 2020 Conference Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • TL;DR: We present a multi-objective reinforcement learning agent able to generalize, post-training, to novel behaviors specified by a custom language based on propositional logic.
  • Abstract: In the multi-objective reinforcement learning (MORL) paradigm, the relative importance of each environment objective is often unknown prior to training, so agents must learn to specialize their behavior to optimize different combinations of environment objectives that are specified post-training. These are typically linear combinations, so the agent is effectively parameterized by a weight vector that describes how to balance competing environment objectives. However, many real world behaviors require non-linear combinations of objectives. Additionally, the conversion between desired behavior and weightings is often unclear. In this work, we explore the use of a language based on propositional logic with quantitative semantics--in place of weight vectors--for specifying non-linear behaviors in an interpretable way. We use a recurrent encoder to encode logical combinations of objectives, and train a MORL agent to generalize over these encodings. We test our agent in several grid worlds with various objectives and show that our agent can generalize to many never-before-seen specifications with performance comparable to single policy baseline agents. We also demonstrate our agent's ability to generate meaningful policies when presented with novel specifications and quickly specialize to novel specifications.
  • Code: https://mega.nz/#F!H4VTBKiZ!DZ60VqxeyuXtfkQ8XJoiUA
  • Keywords: reinforcement learning, multi-objective, multi-task, propositional logic
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