Hyper-Meta Reinforcement Learning with Sparse Reward

02/11/2020 ∙ by Yun Hua, et al. ∙ 9

Despite their success, existing meta reinforcement learning methods still have difficulty in learning a meta policy effectively for RL problems with sparse reward. To this end, we develop a novel meta reinforcement learning framework, Hyper-Meta RL (HMRL), for sparse reward RL problems. It consists of meta state embedding, meta reward shaping and meta policy learning modules: The cross-environment meta state embedding module constructs a common meta state space to adapt to different environments; The meta state based environment-specific meta reward shaping effectively extends the original sparse reward trajectory by cross-environmental knowledge complementarity; As a consequence, the meta policy then achieves better generalization and efficiency with the shaped meta reward. Experiments with sparse reward show the superiority of HMRL on both transferability and policy learning efficiency.

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