Importance sampling policy gradient algorithms in reproducing kernel Hilbert space

Tuyen Pham Le, Vien Anh Ngo, P. Marlith Jaramillo, TaeChoong Chung

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Modeling policies in reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS) offers a very flexible and powerful new family of policy gradient algorithms called RKHS policy gradient algorithms. They are designed to optimize over a space of very high or infinite dimensional policies. As a matter of fact, they are known to suffer from a large variance problem. This critical issue comes from the fact that updating the current policy is based on a functional gradient that does not exploit all old episodes sampled by previous policies. In this paper, we introduce a generalized RKHS policy gradient algorithm that integrates the following important ideas: (i) policy modeling in RKHS; (ii) normalized importance sampling, which helps reduce the estimation variance by reusing previously sampled episodes in a principled way; and (iii) regularization terms, which avoid updating the policy too over-fit to sampled data. In the experiment section, we provide an analysis of the proposed algorithms through bench-marking domains. The experiment results show that the proposed algorithm can still enjoy a powerful policy modeling in RKHS and achieve more data-efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalArtificial Intelligence Review
Early online date10 Oct 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 10 Oct 2017


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