Transfer in reinforcement learning via shared features

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We present a framework for transfer in reinforcement learning based on the idea that related tasks share some common features, and that transfer can be achieved via those shared features. The framework attempts to capture the notion of tasks that are related but distinct, and provides some insight into when transfer can be usefully applied to a problem sequence and when it cannot. We apply the framework to the knowledge transfer problem, and show that an agent can learn a portable shaping function from experience in a sequence of tasks to significantly improve performance in a later related task, even given a very brief training period. We also apply the framework to skill transfer, to show that agents can learn portable skills across a sequence of tasks that significantly improve performance on later related tasks, approaching the performance of agents given perfectly learned problem-specific skills. © 2012 George Konidaris, Ilya Scheidwasser and Andrew Barto.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Konidaris, G; Scheidwasser, I; Barto, AG

Published Date

  • May 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 /

Start / End Page

  • 1333 - 1371

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7928

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1532-4435

Citation Source

  • Scopus