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An experimental paper exist in arxiv about the effect of whether to mask or to give negative rewards to invalid actions. There are some references in this paper which also discuss the effects and the mechanism to handle invalid actions. However, those main references are still only pre-prints in the arxiv (not published and presumably not peer-reviewed yet). ...


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The policy gradient states that $$\nabla J(\theta) \propto \sum_s \mu(s) \sum_a q_\pi(s, a) \nabla\pi(a | s; \theta)\;$$ where the derivatives are taken wrt the parameter $\theta$. Now, if we say incorporate a baseline we get $$\nabla J(\theta) \propto \sum_s \mu(s) \sum_a \left( q_\pi(s, a) - b(s) \right)\nabla\pi(a | s; \theta)\;$$ and this does not effect ...


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