The first part is the equivalence The expected return \(\mathbb{E} \Big[ \sum_{t=0}^T r(s_t, a_t)\Big]\) can be decomposed into a sum of rewards at all the time steps. [Updated on 2019-06-26: Thanks to Chanseok, we have a version of this post in Korean]. Update policy parameters: \(\theta \leftarrow \theta + \alpha \gamma^t G_t \nabla_\theta \ln \pi_\theta(A_t \vert S_t)\). MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 1st edition. [2] Richard S. Sutton and Andrew G. Barto. Action-value function is similar to \(V(s)\), but it assesses the expected return of a pair of state and action \((s, a)\); \(Q_w(. Put constraint on the divergence between policy updates. [15] Sham Kakade. Each \(Q^\vec{\mu}_i\) is learned separately for \(i=1, \dots, N\) and therefore multiple agents can have arbitrary reward structures, including conflicting rewards in a competitive setting. The theorem is a generalization of the fundamental theorem of calculus to any curve in a plane or space (generally n-dimensional) rather than just the real line. )\) is a value function parameterized by \(w\). However, what if you somehow understand the dynamics of the environment and move in a direction other than north, east, west or south. Hence, A3C is designed to work well for parallel training. Policy gradient is an approach to solve reinforcement learning problems. Policy gradient methods converge to a local optimum, since the “policy gradient theorem” (Sutton & Barto, 2018, Chapter 13.2) shows that they form a stochastic gradient of the objective. It makes a lot of sense to learn the value function in addition to the policy, since knowing the value function can assist the policy update, such as by reducing gradient variance in vanilla policy gradients, and that is exactly what the Actor-Critic method does. (2017). Unfortunately it is difficult to adjust temperature, because the entropy can vary unpredictably both across tasks and during training as the policy becomes better. \(E_\pi\) and \(E_V\) control the sample reuse (i.e. However, in a setting where the data samples are of high variance, stabilizing the model parameters can be notoriously hard. The policy gradient theorem describes the gradient of the expected discounted return with respect to an agent’s policy parameters. When k = 1, we scan through all possible actions and sum up the transition probabilities to the target state: \(\rho^\pi(s \to s', k=1) = \sum_a \pi_\theta(a \vert s) P(s' \vert s, a)\). (Image source: Cobbe, et al 2020). TD3 Algorithm. The clipping helps reduce the variance, in addition to subtracting state value function \(V_w(. Here is a list of notations to help you read through equations in the post easily. In order to scale up RL training to achieve a very high throughput, IMPALA (“Importance Weighted Actor-Learner Architecture”) framework decouples acting from learning on top of basic actor-critic setup and learns from all experience trajectories with V-trace off-policy correction. We can either add noise into the policy (ironically this makes it nondeterministic!) The loss for learning the distribution parameter is to minimize some measure of the distance between two distributions — distributional TD error: \(L(w) = \mathbb{E}[d(\mathcal{T}_{\mu_\theta}, Z_{w'}(s, a), Z_w(s, a)]\), where \(\mathcal{T}_{\mu_\theta}\) is the Bellman operator. Fig 3. We first start with the derivative of the state value function: This equation has a nice recursive form (see the red parts!) We need to find a way around them. It is aimed at readers with a reasonable background as for any other topic in Machine Learning. In each iteration of on-policy actor-critic, two actions are taken deterministically \(a = \mu_\theta(s)\) and the SARSA update on policy parameters relies on the new gradient that we just computed above: However, unless there is sufficient noise in the environment, it is very hard to guarantee enough exploration due to the determinacy of the policy. The policy gradient is generally in the shape of the following: Where π represents the probability of taking action a_t at state s_t and A_t is an advantage estimator. Instead, let us make approximate that as well using parameters ω to make V^ω_(s). In summary, when applying policy gradient in the off-policy setting, we can simple adjust it with a weighted sum and the weight is the ratio of the target policy to the behavior policy, \(\frac{\pi_\theta(a \vert s)}{\beta(a \vert s)}\). Usually the temperature \(\alpha\) follows an annealing scheme so that the training process does more exploration at the beginning but more exploitation at a later stage. 9. When k = 0: \(\rho^\pi(s \to s, k=0) = 1\). However, the analytic expression of the gradient The deterministic policy gradient theorem can be plugged into common policy gradient frameworks. “Multi-agent actor-critic for mixed cooperative-competitive environments.” NIPS. The nice rewriting above allows us to exclude the derivative of Q-value function, \(\nabla_\theta Q^\pi(s, a)\). Sample reward \(r_t \sim R(s, a)\) and next state \(s' \sim P(s' \vert s, a)\); Then sample the next action \(a' \sim \pi_\theta(a' \vert s')\); Update the policy parameters: \(\theta \leftarrow \theta + \alpha_\theta Q_w(s, a) \nabla_\theta \ln \pi_\theta(a \vert s)\); Compute the correction (TD error) for action-value at time t: Update \(a \leftarrow a'\) and \(s \leftarrow s'\). One way to realize the problem is to reimagine the RL objective defined above as Likelihood Maximization (Maximum Likelihood Estimate). If you haven’t looked into the field of reinforcement learning, please first read the section “A (Long) Peek into Reinforcement Learning » Key Concepts” for the problem definition and key concepts. TRPO considers this subtle difference: It labels the behavior policy as \(\pi_{\theta_\text{old}}(a \vert s)\) and thus the objective function becomes: TRPO aims to maximize the objective function \(J(\theta)\) subject to, trust region constraint which enforces the distance between old and new policies measured by KL-divergence to be small enough, within a parameter δ: In this way, the old and new policies would not diverge too much when this hard constraint is met. The policy network stays the same until the value error is small enough after several updates. Centralized critic + decentralized actors; Actors are able to use estimated policies of other agents for learning; Policy ensembling is good for reducing variance. [12] Rémi Munos, Tom Stepleton, Anna Harutyunyan, and Marc Bellemare. The winds are so strong, that it is hard for you to move in a direction perfectly aligned with north, east, west or south. [Updated on 2019-02-09: add SAC with automatically adjusted temperature]. This is justified in the proof here (Degris, White & Sutton, 2012). Recall how TD learning works for prediction: When the rollout is off policy, we need to apply importance sampling on the Q update: The product of importance weights looks pretty scary when we start imagining how it can cause super high variance and even explode. V_{w'}(s_t) & \text{otherwise} Hopefully, with the prior knowledge on TD learning, Q-learning, importance sampling and TRPO, you will find the paper slightly easier to follow :). As an RL practitioner and researcher, one’s job is to find the right set of rewards for a given problem known as reward shaping. This concludes the derivation of the Policy Gradient Theorem for entire trajectories. In reality, the scenario could be a bot playing a game to achieve high scores, or a robot It goes without being said that we also need to update the parameters ω of the critic. \(\rho_i = \min\big(\bar{\rho}, \frac{\pi(a_i \vert s_i)}{\mu(a_i \vert s_i)}\big)\) and \(c_j = \min\big(\bar{c}, \frac{\pi(a_j \vert s_j)}{\mu(a_j \vert s_j)}\big)\) are truncated importance sampling (IS) weights. Fig. MADDPG is an actor-critic model redesigned particularly for handling such a changing environment and interactions between agents. \(t_\text{start}\) = t and sample a starting state \(s_t\). This gives the direction to move the policy parameters to most rapidly increase the overall average reward. Apr 8, 2018 One issue that these algorithms must ad- dress is how to estimate the action-value function Qˇ(s;a). Try not to overestimate the value function. A2C has been shown to be able to utilize GPUs more efficiently and work better with large batch sizes while achieving same or better performance than A3C. The dynamics of the environment p are outside the control of the agent. Fig. Let \(\phi(s) = \sum_{a \in \mathcal{A}} \nabla_\theta \pi_\theta(a \vert s)Q^\pi(s, a)\) to simplify the maths. Thus, \(L(\pi_T, 0) = f(\pi_T)\). Two main components in policy gradient are the policy model and the value function. 10/19/2020 ∙ by Ling Pan, et al. Try to reduce the variance and keep the bias unchanged to stabilize learning. Note that this happens within the policy phase and thus \(E_V\) affects the learning of true value function not the auxiliary value function. [24] Qiang Liu and Dilin Wang. Think twice whether the policy and value network should share parameters. It is certainly not in your (agent’s) control. )\) rather than the true advantage function \(A(. When an agent follows a policy π, it generates the sequence of states, actions and rewards called the trajectory. Reset gradient: \(\mathrm{d}\theta = 0\) and \(\mathrm{d}w = 0\). Refresh on a few notations to facilitate the discussion: The objective function to optimize for is listed as follows: Deterministic policy gradient theorem: Now it is the time to compute the gradient! Consider the case when we are doing off-policy RL, the policy \(\beta\) used for collecting trajectories on rollout workers is different from the policy \(\pi\) to optimize for. \(R \leftarrow \gamma R + R_i\); here R is a MC measure of \(G_i\). Note: I realized that the equations get cut off when reading on mobile devices, so if you are reading this on a mobile device, I recommend reading it on a computer. [Updated on 2019-09-12: add a new policy gradient method SVPG.] Introduction to Reinforcement Learning. Fig. Meanwhile, multiple actors, one for each agent, are exploring and upgrading the policy parameters \(\theta_i\) on their own. The objective function of PPO takes the minimum one between the original value and the clipped version and therefore we lose the motivation for increasing the policy update to extremes for better rewards. The policy gradient theorem is a foundational result in reinforcement learning. I use \(\mu(. [Updated on 2019-05-01: Thanks to Wenhao, we have a version of this post in Chinese]. How-ever, almost all modern policy gradient algorithms deviate from the original theorem by dropping one of the two instances of the discount factor that appears in the theorem.

Policy gradient methods are widely used for control in reinforcement learning, particularly for the continuous action setting. [4] Thomas Degris, Martha White, and Richard S. Sutton. (Image source: Cobbe, et al 2020). Discount factor; penalty to uncertainty of future rewards; \(0<\gamma \leq 1\). This framework is mathematically pleasing because it is First-Order Markov. The goal of reinforcement learning is to find an optimal behavior strategy for the agent to obtain optimal rewards. PPO has been tested on a set of benchmark tasks and proved to produce awesome results with much greater simplicity. The loss function for state value is to minimize the mean squared error, \(J_v(w) = (G_t - V_w(s))^2\) and gradient descent can be applied to find the optimal w. This state-value function is used as the baseline in the policy gradient update. In Reinforcement Learning, pages 5–32. Here, we will consider the essential role of conservative vector fields. “Soft Actor-Critic: Off-Policy Maximum Entropy Deep Reinforcement Learning with a Stochastic Actor.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1801.01290 (2018). by Lilian Weng )\) is a action value function parameterized by \(w\). By the end, I hope that you’d be able to attack a vast amount of (if not all) Reinforcement Learning literature. Because there is an infinite number of actions and (or) states to estimate the values for and hence value-based approaches are way too expensive computationally in the continuous space. [21] Tuomas Haarnoja, et al. “Sample efficient actor-critic with experience replay.” ICLR 2017. In such environments, it is hard to build a stochastic policy as previously seen. Completed Modular implementations of the full pipeline can be viewed at activatedgeek/torchrl. (Image source: Fujimoto et al., 2018). )\) is the entropy measure and \(\alpha\) controls how important the entropy term is, known as temperature parameter. 13.1) and figure out why the policy gradient theorem is correct. The system description consists of an agent which interacts with the environment via its actions at discrete time steps and receives a reward. Then plug in \(\pi_T^{*}\) and compute \(\alpha_T^{*}\) that minimizes \(L(\pi_T^{*}, \alpha_T)\). Optimizing neural networks with kronecker-factored approximate curvature. Imagine that you can travel along the Markov chain’s states forever, and eventually, as the time progresses, the probability of you ending up with one state becomes unchanged — this is the stationary probability for \(\pi_\theta\). “Trust region policy optimization.” ICML. The behavior policy for collecting samples is a known policy (predefined just like a hyperparameter), labelled as \(\beta(a \vert s)\). The label \(\hat{g}_t^\text{acer}\) is the ACER policy gradient at time t. where \(Q_w(. Say, we have an agent in an unknown environment and this agent can obtain some rewards by interacting with the environment. where Both \(c_1\) and \(c_2\) are two hyperparameter constants. the coefficients of a complex polynomial or the weights and biases of units in a neural network) to parametrize this policy — π_θ (also written a π for brevity). [19] Tuomas Haarnoja, Aurick Zhou, Pieter Abbeel, and Sergey Levine. [Updated on 2018-06-30: add two new policy gradient methods, SAC and D4PG.] This property directly motivated Double Q-learning and Double DQN: the action selection and Q-value update are decoupled by using two value networks. Therefore, to maximize \(f(\pi_T)\), the dual problem is listed as below. Computing the gradient \(\nabla_\theta J(\theta)\) is tricky because it depends on both the action selection (directly determined by \(\pi_\theta\)) and the stationary distribution of states following the target selection behavior (indirectly determined by \(\pi_\theta\)). It relies on a full trajectory and that’s why it is a Monte-Carlo method. [Dimitri, 2017] Dimitri, P. B. DDPG Algorithm. The value of state \(s\) when we follow a policy \(\pi\); \(V^\pi (s) = \mathbb{E}_{a\sim \pi} [G_t \vert S_t = s]\). To reduce the variance, TD3 updates the policy at a lower frequency than the Q-function. Actually, in the DPG paper, the authors have shown that if the stochastic policy \(\pi_{\mu_\theta, \sigma}\) is re-parameterized by a deterministic policy \(\mu_\theta\) and a variation variable \(\sigma\), the stochastic policy is eventually equivalent to the deterministic case when \(\sigma=0\). (1999). The problem can be formalized in the multi-agent version of MDP, also known as Markov games. A good baseline would be to use the state-value current state. 因此，Policy Gradient方法就这么确定了。 6 小结. However, when rollout workers and optimizers are running in parallel asynchronously, the behavior policy can get stale. The second term (red) makes a correction to achieve unbiased estimation. A general form of policy gradient methods. One-Step Bootstrapped Return: A single step bootstrapped return takes the immediate reward and estimates the return by using a bootstrapped value-estimate of the next state in the trajectory. [9] Ryan Lowe, et al. reinforcement-learning Entropy maximization to enable stability and exploration. Out of all these possible combinations, we choose the one that minimizes our loss function.”. Let’s consider an example of on-policy actor-critic algorithm to showcase the procedure. When using the SVGD method to estimate the target posterior distribution \(q(\theta)\), it relies on a set of particle \(\{\theta_i\}_{i=1}^n\) (independently trained policy agents) and each is updated: where \(\epsilon\) is a learning rate and \(\phi^{*}\) is the unit ball of a RKHS (reproducing kernel Hilbert space) \(\mathcal{H}\) of \(\theta\)-shaped value vectors that maximally decreases the KL divergence between the particles and the target distribution. the action a and then take the gradient of the deterministic policy function \(\mu\) w.r.t. Here is a nice, intuitive explanation of natural gradient. The research community is seeing many more promising results. If the constraint is invalidated, \(h(\pi_T) < 0\), we can achieve \(L(\pi_T, \alpha_T) \to -\infty\) by taking \(\alpha_T \to \infty\). The objective function in an off-policy model measures the total advantage over the state visitation distribution and actions, while the mismatch between the training data distribution and the true policy state distribution is compensated by importance sampling estimator: where \(\theta_\text{old}\) is the policy parameters before the update and thus known to us; \(\rho^{\pi_{\theta_\text{old}}}\) is defined in the same way as above; \(\beta(a \vert s)\) is the behavior policy for collecting trajectories. Now, let us expand the definition of π_θ(τ). This is an approximation but an unbiased one, similar to approximating an integral over continuous space with a discrete set of points in the domain. The Q-learning algorithm is commonly known to suffer from the overestimation of the value function. In methods described above, the policy function \(\pi(. To improve training stability, we should avoid parameter updates that change the policy too much at one step. The mean normalized performance of PPG vs PPO on the Procgen benchmark. The \(n\)-step V-trace target is defined as: where the red part \(\delta_i V\) is a temporal difference for \(V\). In the DDPG setting, given two deterministic actors \((\mu_{\theta_1}, \mu_{\theta_2})\) with two corresponding critics \((Q_{w_1}, Q_{w_2})\), the Double Q-learning Bellman targets look like: However, due to the slow changing policy, these two networks could be too similar to make independent decisions. This transitions the agent into a new state. In the viewpoint of one agent, the environment is non-stationary as policies of other agents are quickly upgraded and remain unknown. [26] Karl Cobbe, et al. On continuous action spaces, standard PPO is unstable when rewards vanish outside bounded support. Link to this course: https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=Gw/ETjJoU9M&mid=40328&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.coursera.org%2Flearn%2Fprediction-control … One detail in the paper that is particularly useful in robotics is on how to normalize the different physical units of low dimensional features. To see why, we must show that the gradient remains unchanged with the additional term (with slight abuse of notation). “Phasic Policy Gradient.” arXiv preprint arXiv:2009.04416 (2020). \(\bar{\rho}\) impacts the fixed-point of the value function we converge to and \(\bar{c}\) impacts the speed of convergence. This is a draft of Policy Gradient, an introductory book to Policy Gradient methods for those familiar with reinforcement learning.Policy Gradient methods has served a crucial part in deep reinforcement learning and has been used in many state of the art applications of reinforcement learning, including robotics hand manipulation and professional-level video game AI. In this way, the target network values are constrained to change slowly, different from the design in DQN that the target network stays frozen for some period of time. The objective of a Reinforcement Learning agent is to maximize the “expected” reward when following a policy π. [11] Ziyu Wang, et al. If the policies \(\vec{\mu}\) are unknown during the critic update, we can ask each agent to learn and evolve its own approximation of others’ policies. [Silver et al., 2014] Silver, D., Lever, G., Heess, N., Degris, T., Wierstra, D., and Riedmiller, M. (2014). 2002. “Safe and efficient off-policy reinforcement learning” NIPS. [14] kvfrans.com A intuitive explanation of natural gradient descent. Policy gradient methods are ubiquitous in model free reinforcement learning algorithms — they appear frequently in reinforcement learning algorithms, especially so in recent publications. 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