# Questions tagged [notation]

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### What does the notation $\partial \theta_{\pi}$ mean in this actor-critic update rule?

One of the steps in the actor-critic algorithm is $$\partial \theta_{\pi} \gets \partial \theta_{\pi} + \nabla_{\theta}\log\pi_{\theta} (a_i | s_i) (R - V_{\theta}(s_i))$$ For me, $\theta$ are just ...
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### What does equation in the “related work” section of the GAN paper mean?

I was going through the paper on GAN by Ian Goodfellow. Under the related work section, there is an equation. I cannot decipher the equation. Can anyone help me understand the meaning of the equation? ...
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### What does the notation ${s'\sim T(s,a,\cdot)}$ mean?

I have been seeing notations on Expectations with their respective subscripts such as $E_{s_0 \sim D}[V^\pi (s_0)] = \Sigma_{t=0}^\infty[\gamma^t\phi(s_t)]$. This equation is taken from https://ai....
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### What is the purpose of the arrow $\leftarrow$ in this formula?

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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### Why is exp used in encoder of VAE instead of using the value of standard deviation alone?

There's one VAE example here: https://towardsdatascience.com/teaching-a-variational-autoencoder-vae-to-draw-mnist-characters-978675c95776. And the source code of encoder can be found at the ...
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### How to understand the average l2 loss?

In the snippet below, the highlighted part is the average norm, but since $1/|p_i|$ is outside the summation, it is very confusing to understand. is $|p_i|$ l2-norm(as per wolfram) or l1-norm or ...
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### What is the difference between the notations $\|x\|_1, \|x\|_2$ and $|x|$?

What is the difference between the notations $\|x\|_1, \|x\|_2$ and $|x|$? I think $|x|$ is the magnitude of $x$.
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### What does the notation sup dist mean in distributional RL?

I'm trying to understand distributional RL, based on this article. In one of the equations, there is a symbol $\operatorname{sup dist}$. \begin{align} \operatorname{sup dist}_{s, a} (R(s, a) + \...
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### What is the meaning of the square brackets in ant colony optimization?

I'm studying the paper "Minimizing Total Tardiness on a Single Machine Using Ant Colony Optimization" which has proposed to use Ant colony optimization to SMTWTP. According to this paper: Each ...