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What is the purpose of the arrow $\leftarrow$ in the formula below?

$$V(S_t) \leftarrow V(S_t) + \alpha \left[ G_t - V(S_t) \right]$$

I presume it's not the same as 'equals'.

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I assume this is an iterative function. It means the current $V(S_t)$ is the sum of the previous plus some adjustment. The arrow is like an assignment.

In code, you would do

vst = vst + alpha * (gt - vst)

So vst will be overwritten.

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    $\begingroup$ Hi and welcome to AI SE! Thanks for trying to help. Please, use MathJax to format your equations (i.e. put your equations between two $ symbols). $\endgroup$ – nbro Feb 16 at 18:08
  • $\begingroup$ Makes sense, Dirk. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – mason7663 Feb 16 at 20:04

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