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Value-Gradient Learning

Fairbank, M. & Alonso, E. (2012). Value-Gradient Learning. Paper presented at the WCCI 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, 10-06-2012 - 15-06-2012, Brisbane, Australia. doi: 10.1109/IJCNN.2012.6252791


We describe an Adaptive Dynamic Programming algorithm VGL(λ) for learning a critic function over a large continuous state space. The algorithm, which requires a learned model of the environment, extends Dual Heuristic Dynamic Programming to include a bootstrapping parameter analogous to that used in the reinforcement learning algorithm TD(λ). We provide on-line and batch mode implementations of the algorithm, and summarise the theoretical relationships and motivations of using this method over its precursor algorithms Dual Heuristic Dynamic Programming and TD(λ). Experiments for control problems using a neural network and greedy policy are provided.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Publisher Keywords: Value-Gradient Learning, Dual Heuristic Dynamic Programming, DHP, Adaptive Dynamic Programming
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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