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Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction
     

Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction

by Richard S. Sutton, Andrew G. Barto
 

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Reinforcement learning, one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence, is a computational approach to learning whereby an agent tries to maximize the total amount of reward it receives when interacting with a complex, uncertain environment. In Reinforcement Learning, Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto provide a clear and simple account of the

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Reinforcement learning, one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence, is a computational approach to learning whereby an agent tries to maximize the total amount of reward it receives when interacting with a complex, uncertain environment. In Reinforcement Learning, Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto provide a clear and simple account of the key ideas and algorithms of reinforcement learning. Their discussion ranges from the history of the field's intellectual foundations to the most recent developments and applications. The only necessary mathematical background is familiarity with elementary concepts of probability.The book is divided into three parts. Part I defines the reinforcement learning problem in terms of Markov decision processes. Part II provides basic solution methods: dynamic programming, Monte Carlo methods, and temporal-difference learning. Part III presents a unified view of the solution methods and incorporates artificial neural networks, eligibility traces, and planning; the two final chapters present case studies and consider the future of reinforcement learning.

Editorial Reviews

Mike James
This is a groundbreaking work, dealing with a subject that you would have expected to have been sorted out right at the start of AI... This isn't a simple theory but many of the ideas and methods are practically useful and if you have an interest in neural networks or learning systems then you need to study this book for the six months it deserves!
Computer Shopper, November 1998

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262303842
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/26/1998
Series:
Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
File size:
2 MB

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Dana Ballard

Reinforcement learning has always been important in the understanding of the driving force behind biological systems, but in the last two decades it has become increasingly important, owing to the development of mathematical algorithms. Barto and Sutton were the prime movers in leading the development of these algorithms and have described them with wonderful clarity in this new text. I predict it will be the standard text.

Wolfram Schultz

The widely acclaimed work of Sutton and Barto on reinforcement learning applies some essentials of animal learning, in clever ways, to artificial learning systems. This is a very readable and comprehensive account of the background, algorithms, applications, and future directions of this pioneering and far-reaching work.

Dimitri P. Bertsekas and John N. Tsitsiklis

This is a highly intuitive and accessible introduction to the recent major developments in reinforcement learning, written by two of the field's pioneering contributors.

Toshio Fukuda

This book not only provides an introduction to learning theory but also serves as a tremendous source of ideas for further development and applications in the real world.

Meet the Author

Richard S. Sutton is Senior Research Scientist, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts.

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