Reusing Source Task Knowledge via Transfer Approximator in Reinforcement Transfer Learning
AbstractTransfer Learning (TL) has received a great deal of attention because of its ability to speed up Reinforcement Learning (RL) by reusing learned knowledge from other tasks. This paper proposes a new transfer learning framework, referred to as Transfer Learning via Artificial Neural Network Approximator (TL-ANNA). It builds an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) transfer approximator to transfer the related knowledge from the source task into the target task and reuses the transferred knowledge with a Probabilistic Policy Reuse (PPR) scheme. Specifically, the transfer approximator maps the state of the target task symmetrically to states of the source task with a certain mapping rule, and activates the related knowledge (components of the action-value function) of the source task as the input of the ANNs; it then predicts the quality of the actions in the target task with the ANNs. The target learner uses the PPR scheme to bias the RL with the suggested action from the transfer approximator. In this way, the transfer approximator builds a symmetric knowledge path between the target task and the source task. In addition, two mapping rules for the transfer approximator are designed, namely, Full Mapping Rule and Group Mapping Rule. Experiments performed on the RoboCup soccer Keepaway task verified that the proposed transfer learning methods outperform two other transfer learning methods in both jumpstart and time to threshold metrics and are more robust to the quality of source knowledge. In addition, the TL-ANNA with the group mapping rule exhibits slightly worse performance than the one with the full mapping rule, but with less computation and space cost when appropriate grouping method is used. View Full-Text
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Cheng, Q.; Wang, X.; Niu, Y.; Shen, L. Reusing Source Task Knowledge via Transfer Approximator in Reinforcement Transfer Learning. Symmetry 2019, 11, 25.
Cheng Q, Wang X, Niu Y, Shen L. Reusing Source Task Knowledge via Transfer Approximator in Reinforcement Transfer Learning. Symmetry. 2019; 11(1):25.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cheng, Qiao; Wang, Xiangke; Niu, Yifeng; Shen, Lincheng. 2019. "Reusing Source Task Knowledge via Transfer Approximator in Reinforcement Transfer Learning." Symmetry 11, no. 1: 25.
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