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Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On. - Second Edition

By : Maxim Lapan
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Book Image

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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Index

Deep Q-learning

The Q-learning method that we have just covered solves the issue of iteration over the full set of states, but still can struggle with situations when the count of the observable set of states is very large. For example, Atari games can have a large variety of different screens, so if we decide to use raw pixels as individual states, we will quickly realize that we have too many states to track and approximate values for.

In some environments, the count of different observable states could be almost infinite. For example, in CartPole, the environment gives us a state that is four floating point numbers. The number of value combinations is finite (they're represented as bits), but this number is extremely large. We could create some bins to discretize those values, but this often creates more problems than it solves: we would need to decide what ranges of parameters are important to distinguish as different states and what ranges could be clustered together.

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