Towards Flexible Inference in Sequential Decision Problems via Bidirectional TransformersDownload PDF

Published: 27 Apr 2022, Last Modified: 05 May 2023ICLR 2022 GPL PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: generalization, transformers, sequential decision problems
TL;DR: We show that we can express tasks in sequential decision problems as maskings of a sequence model and that we can train a single FlexiBiT model to perform all tasks with performance similar to or better than specialized models.
Abstract: Randomly masking and predicting word tokens has been a successful approach in pre-training language models for a variety of downstream tasks. In this work, we observe that the same idea also applies naturally to sequential decision making, where many well-studied tasks like behavior cloning, offline RL, inverse dynamics, and waypoint conditioning correspond to different sequence maskings over a sequence of states, actions, and returns. We introduce the FlexiBiT framework, which provides a unified way to specify models which can be trained on many different sequential decision making tasks. We show that a single FlexiBiT model is simultaneously capable of carrying out many tasks with performance similar to or better than specialized models. Additionally, we show that performance can be further improved by fine-tuning our general model on specific tasks of interest.
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