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A Comparison of Learning Speed and Ability to Cope Without Exploration between DHP and TD(0)

Fairbank, M. & Alonso, E. (2012). A Comparison of Learning Speed and Ability to Cope Without Exploration between DHP and TD(0). The 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), pp. 1478-1485. doi: 10.1109/IJCNN.2012.6252569


This paper demonstrates the principal motivations for Dual Heuristic Dynamic Programming (DHP) learning methods for use in Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning, in continuous state spaces: that of automatic local exploration, improved learning speed and the ability to work without stochastic exploration in deterministic environments. In a simple experiment, the learning speed of DHP is shown to be around 1700 times faster than TD(0). DHP solves the problem without any exploration, whereas TD(0) cannot solve it without explicit exploration. DHP requires knowledge of, and differentiability of, the environment's model functions. This paper aims to illustrate the advantages of DHP when these two requirements are satisfied.

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Publisher Keywords: Dual Heuristic Dynamic Programming, DHP, Adaptive Dynamic Programming, Reinforcement Learning Heuristic Dynamic Programming; DHP; Adaptive Dynamic Programming; Reinforcement Learning
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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