Questions tagged [sample-efficiency]

For questions about the sample efficiency (or inefficiency) of learning algorithms, which is the amount of experience (or data) that the learning algorithm needs in order to reach a certain level of performance. In the case of reinforcement learning, this experience is represented by (transition) tuples of the form $(s, a, r, s')$.

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How to measure sample efficiency of a reinforcement learning algorithm?

I want to know if there is any metric to use for measuring sample-efficiency of a reinforcement learning algorithm? From reading research papers, I see claims that proposed models are more sample ...
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Can you find another reason for sample inefficiency of model-free on-policy Deep Reinforcement Learning?

The following mindmap gives an overview of multiple reasons for sample inefficiency. The list is definitely not complete. Can you see another reason not mentioned so far? Some related links: ...
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Should we start with a small batch-size and increase during training to improve sample efficiency?

Just made an interesting observation playing around with the stable-baseline's implementation of PPO and the BipedalWalker environment from OpenAI's Gym. But I believe this should be a general ...
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Why are reinforcement learning methods sample inefficient?

Reinforcement learning methods are considered to be extremely sample inefficient. For example, in a recent DeepMind paper by Hessel et al., they showed that in order to reach human-level performance ...
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Why are model-based methods more sample efficient than model-free methods?

Why do model-based methods use fewer samples than model-free methods? Here, I'm specifically referring to model-based methods in which we have to learn a policy and model. I can only think of two ...
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What is sample efficiency, and how can importance sampling be used to achieve it?

For instance, the title of this paper reads: "Sample Efficient Actor-Critic with Experience Replay". What is sample efficiency, and how can importance sampling be used to achieve it?