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CASA-B: A Unified Framework of Model-Free Reinforcement Learning

05/09/2021
by   Changnan Xiao, et al.
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Building on the breakthrough of reinforcement learning, this paper introduces a unified framework of model-free reinforcement learning, CASA-B, Critic AS an Actor with Bandits Vote Algorithm. CASA-B is an actor-critic framework that estimates state-value, state-action-value and policy. An expectation-correct Doubly Robust Trace is introduced to learn state-value and state-action-value, whose convergence properties are guaranteed. We prove that CASA-B integrates a consistent path for the policy evaluation and the policy improvement. The policy evaluation is equivalent to a compensational policy improvement, which alleviates the function approximation error, and is also equivalent to an entropy-regularized policy improvement, which prevents the policy from collapsing to a suboptimal solution. Building on this design, we find the entropy of the behavior policies' and the target policy's are disentangled. Based on this observation, we propose a progressive closed-form entropy control mechanism, which explicitly controls the behavior policies' entropy to arbitrary range. Our experiments show that CASAB is super sample efficient and achieves State-Of-The-Art on Arcade Learning Environment. Our mean Human Normalized Score is 6456.63 under 200M training scale.

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