# What's the benefit of repeating an action for a consecutive number of time steps?

What's the benefit of repeating an action for a consecutive number of time steps? Is there a way to tell if an agent in a given environment might perform better from repeated actions?

I came across an action repeat hyperparameter used in the experiments of this paper (Table 11.) and was wondering what the objective of this hyperparameter might be. This happens during training where the action selected by a policy at step $$t$$ is executed for a repeat number of timesteps $$t_r$$ after which the policy is then queried for another action at the current state $$s_{t + t_r}$$.

• You mean hold a given action selection for more than one timestep like sticky action? Mar 18 at 8:57
• I assume you're talking about behaviour policies, so during learning. It might a good idea to explicitly state this in your post, even though it seems obvious. I would also recommend that you explain why you're asking this question: just out of curiosity, or do you have something more specific that you can share with us?
– nbro
Mar 18 at 9:34
• Yes @HenDoNR, action selection for more than a signle timestep Mar 19 at 10:44
• I've edited the question to include the suggested changes @nbro Mar 19 at 10:51