Learning near-optimal policies with Bellman-residual minimization based fitted policy iteration and a single sample path
András Antos, Csaba Szepesvari and Rémi Munos
The Nineteenth Annual Conference on Learning Theory, COLT 2006, Proceedings
Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
, Berlin, Heidelberg, Germany
We consider batch reinforcement learning problems in continuous space, expected total discounted-reward Markovian Decision Problems. As opposed to previous theoretical work, we consider the case when the training data consists of a single sample path (trajectory) of some behaviour policy. In particular, we do not assume access to a generative model of the environment. The algorithm studied is policy iteration where in successive iterations the Q-functions of the intermediate policies are obtained by means of minimizing a novel Bellman-residual type error. PAC-style polynomial bounds are derived on the number of samples needed to guarantee near-optimal performance where the bound depends on the mixing rate of the trajectory, the smoothness properties of the underlying Markovian Decision Problem, the approximation power and capacity of the function set used.