Encyclopedia of Machine Learning

2010 Edition
| Editors: Claude Sammut, Geoffrey I. Webb

Least-Squares Reinforcement Learning Methods

  • Michail G. Lagoudakis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30164-8_468


Most algorithms for sequential decision making rely on computing or learning a value function that captures the expected long-term return of a decision at any given state. Value functions are in general complex, nonlinear functions that cannot be represented compactly as they are defined over the entire state or state-action space. Therefore, most practical algorithms rely on value function approximation methods and the most common choice for approximation architecture is a linear architecture. Exploiting the properties of linear architectures, a number of efficient learning algorithms based on least-squares techniques have been developed. These algorithms focus on different aspects of the approximation problem and deliver diverse solutions, nevertheless they share the tendency to process data collectively (batch mode) and, in general, achieve better results compared to their counterpart algorithms based on stochastic approximation.

Motivation and Background

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  • Michail G. Lagoudakis

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