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Mastering Reinforcement Learning with Python

By : Enes Bilgin
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Mastering Reinforcement Learning with Python

By: Enes Bilgin

Overview of this book

Reinforcement learning (RL) is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) used for creating self-learning autonomous agents. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, this book takes a practical approach and uses examples inspired by real-world industry problems to teach you about state-of-the-art RL. Starting with bandit problems, Markov decision processes, and dynamic programming, the book provides an in-depth review of the classical RL techniques, such as Monte Carlo methods and temporal-difference learning. After that, you will learn about deep Q-learning, policy gradient algorithms, actor-critic methods, model-based methods, and multi-agent reinforcement learning. Then, you'll be introduced to some of the key approaches behind the most successful RL implementations, such as domain randomization and curiosity-driven learning. As you advance, you’ll explore many novel algorithms with advanced implementations using modern Python libraries such as TensorFlow and Ray’s RLlib package. You’ll also find out how to implement RL in areas such as robotics, supply chain management, marketing, finance, smart cities, and cybersecurity while assessing the trade-offs between different approaches and avoiding common pitfalls. By the end of this book, you’ll have mastered how to train and deploy your own RL agents for solving RL problems.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
1
Section 1: Reinforcement Learning Foundations
7
Section 2: Deep Reinforcement Learning
12
Section 3: Advanced Topics in RL
17
Section 4: Applications of RL

Summary

In this chapter, we covered three important RL application areas: Personalization, marketing, and finance. For personalization and marketing, this chapter went beyond the bandit applications that are commonly used in these areas and discussed the merits of multi-step RL. We also covered methods such as dueling bandit gradient descent, which is helpful to achieve conservative exploration to avoid excessive reward losses, and action embeddings, which is helpful to deal with large action spaces. We concluded the chapter with a discussion on finance applications of RL, its challenges, and introduced the TensorTrade library.

The next chapter is the last application chapter of the book, in which we will focus on smart city and cybersecurity. Take a break, and join us on the other side!