Questions tagged [q-learning]

For questions related to the Q-learning algorithm, which is a model-free and temporal-difference reinforcement learning algorithm that attempts to approximate the Q function, which is a function that, given a state s and an action a, returns a real number that represents the return (or value) of state s when action a is taken from s. Q-learning was introduced in the PhD thesis "Learning from Delayed Rewards" (1989) by Watkins.

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Why doesn't Q-learning converge when using function approximation?

The tabular Q-learning algorithm is guaranteed to find the optimal $Q$ function, $Q^*$, provided the following conditions (the Robbins-Monro conditions) regarding the learning rate are satisfied $\...
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Why are Q values updated according to the greedy policy?

Apparently, in the Q-learning algorithm, the Q values are not updated according to the "current policy", but according to a "greedy policy". Why is that the case? I think this is related to the fact ...
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Is the discount not needed in a deterministic environment for Reinforcement Learning?

I'm now reading a book titled as "Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On" and the author said the following on the chapter about AlphaGo Zero: Self-play In AlphaGo Zero, the NN is used to ...
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Deciding on a reward per each action in a given state (Q-learning)

I looked for existing posts on Stack Exchange, which kind of answer the questions about the reward system and reward function, but not specifically what I want to ask here, which is how do you ...
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Concrete Example for Q Learning

I am not sure if I understood the q learning algorithms correctly. Therefore I would give a concrete example and ask if someone can tell me how to update the q value correctly. First I initialized ...
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How do we prove the n-step return error reduction property?

In section 7.1 (about the n-step bootstrapping) of the book Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction (2nd edition), by Andrew Barto and Richard S. Sutton, the authors write about what they call the "n-...
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Why does DQN require two different networks?

I was going through this implementation of DQN and I see that on line 124 and 125 two different Q networks have been initialized. From my understanding, I think one network predicts the appropriate ...
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How does Q-learning work in stochastic environments?

The Q function uses the (current and future) states to determine the action that gets the highest reward. However, in a stochastic environment, the current action (at the current state) does not ...
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Can Q-learning be used in a POMDP?

Can Q-learning (and SARSA) be directly used in a Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP)? If not, why not? My intuition is that the policies learned will be terrible because of partial ...
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Why is it not advisable to have a 100 percent exploration rate? [duplicate]

During the learning phase, why don't we have a 100% exploration rate, to allow our agent to fully explore our environment and update the Q values, then during testing we bring in exploitation? Does ...
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What are some online courses for deep reinforcement learning?

What are some (good) online courses for deep reinforcement learning? I would like the course to be both programming and theoretical. I really liked David Silver's course, but the course dates from ...
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What happens to the optimal value function if the reward is multiplied by a constant?

What happens to the optimal action-value function, $q_*$ if the reward is multiplied by a constant $c$? Is the optimal action-value function also multiplied by such a constant?
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Choice of inputs features for Snake game

I am designing a neural network using Deep Q-Learning, which teaches an agent how to play Snake (The classic Nokia game from the 90'ies). The goal of the game is to navigate the snake on a playing ...
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What will Q-values look like in self-play tic-tac-toe?

This corresponds to Exercise 1.1 of RLBook, and a discussion followed from here. Considering two reward schemes- Win = +1, Draw = 0, Loss = -1 Win = +1, Draw or Loss = 0 Can we say something about ...
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What is the difference between the epsilon greedy and softmax policies?

Could someone explain to me which is the key difference between the epsilon greedy policy and the softmax policy? In particular in the contest of SARSA and Q-Learning algorithms. I understood the main ...
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Deep Q Learning Algorithm for Simple Python Game makes player stuck

I made a simple Python game. A screenshot is below: Basically, a paddle moves left and right catching particles. Some make you lose points while others make you gains points. This is my first Deep Q ...