Harnessing Structures for Value-Based Planning and Reinforcement LearningDownload PDF

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  • Keywords: Deep reinforcement learning, value-based reinforcement learning
  • TL;DR: We propose a generic framework that allows for exploiting the low-rank structure in both planning and deep reinforcement learning.
  • Abstract: Value-based methods constitute a fundamental methodology in planning and deep reinforcement learning (RL). In this paper, we propose to exploit the underlying structures of the state-action value function, i.e., Q function, for both planning and deep RL. In particular, if the underlying system dynamics lead to some global structures of the Q function, one should be capable of inferring the function better by leveraging such structures. Specifically, we investigate the low-rank structure, which widely exists for big data matrices. We verify empirically the existence of low-rank Q functions in the context of control and deep RL tasks. As our key contribution, by leveraging Matrix Estimation (ME) techniques, we propose a general framework to exploit the underlying low-rank structure in Q functions. This leads to a more efficient planning procedure for classical control, and additionally, a simple scheme that can be applied to value-based RL techniques to consistently achieve better performance on "low-rank" tasks. Extensive experiments on control tasks and Atari games confirm the efficacy of our approach.
  • Code: https://github.com/YyzHarry/SV-RL
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