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Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On - Second Edition

By : Maxim Lapan
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Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On - Second Edition

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By: Maxim Lapan

Overview of this book

Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On, Second Edition is an updated and expanded version of the bestselling guide to the very latest reinforcement learning (RL) tools and techniques. It provides you with an introduction to the fundamentals of RL, along with the hands-on ability to code intelligent learning agents to perform a range of practical tasks. With six new chapters devoted to a variety of up-to-the-minute developments in RL, including discrete optimization (solving the Rubik's Cube), multi-agent methods, Microsoft's TextWorld environment, advanced exploration techniques, and more, you will come away from this book with a deep understanding of the latest innovations in this emerging field. In addition, you will gain actionable insights into such topic areas as deep Q-networks, policy gradient methods, continuous control problems, and highly scalable, non-gradient methods. You will also discover how to build a real hardware robot trained with RL for less than $100 and solve the Pong environment in just 30 minutes of training using step-by-step code optimization. In short, Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On, Second Edition, is your companion to navigating the exciting complexities of RL as it helps you attain experience and knowledge through real-world examples.
Table of Contents (28 chapters)
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RL in Discrete Optimization

Next, we will explore the new field in reinforcement learning (RL) application: discrete optimization problems, which will be showcased using the famous Rubik's Cube puzzle.

In this chapter, we will:

  • Briefly discuss the basics of discrete optimization
  • Cover step by step the paper called Solving the Rubik's Cube Without Human Knowledge, by UCI researchers Stephen McAleer et al., 2018, arxiv: 1805.07470, which applies RL methods to the Rubik's Cube optimization problem
  • Explore experiments that I've done in an attempt to reproduce the paper's results and directions for future method improvement