Curriculum goal masking for continuous deep reinforcement learning

2019 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) pages 183--188, doi: 10.1109/DEVLRN.2019.8850721 - Aug 2019
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Deep reinforcement learning has recently gained a focus on problems where policy or value functions are based on universal value function approximators (UVFAs) which renders them independent of goals. Evidence exists that the sampling of goals has a strong effect on the learning performance, and the problem of optimizing the goal sampling is frequently tackled with intrinsic motivation methods. However, there is a lack of general mechanisms that focus on goal sampling in the context of deep reinforcement learning based on UVFAs. In this work, we introduce goal masking as a method to estimate a goal’s difficulty level and to exploit this estimation to realize curriculum learning. Our results indicate that focusing on goals with a medium difficulty level is appropriate for deep deterministic policy gradient (DDPG) methods, while an “aim for the stars and reach the moon-strategy”, where difficult goals are sampled much more often than simple goals, leads to the best learning performance in cases where DDPG is combined with hindsight experience replay (HER).

 

@InProceedings{EMW19, 
 	 author =  {Eppe, Manfred and Magg, Sven and Wermter, Stefan},  
 	 title = {Curriculum goal masking for continuous deep reinforcement learning}, 
 	 booktitle = {2019 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)},
 	 number = {},
 	 volume = {},
 	 pages = {183--188},
 	 year = {2019},
 	 month = {Aug},
 	 publisher = {IEEE},
 	 doi = {10.1109/DEVLRN.2019.8850721}, 
 }