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Generalising Discrete Action Spaces with Conditional Action Trees


Abstract

There are relatively few conventions followed in reinforcement learning (RL) environments to structure the action spaces. As a consequence the application of RL algorithms to tasks with large action spaces with multiple components require additional effort to adjust to different formats. In this paper we introduce {m Conditional Action Trees} with two main objectives: (1) as a method of structuring action spaces in RL to generalise across several action space specifications, and (2) to formalise a process to significantly reduce the action space by decomposing it into multiple sub-spaces, favoring a multi-staged decision making approach. We show several proof-of-concept experiments validating our scheme, ranging from environments with basic discrete action spaces to those with large combinatorial action spaces commonly found in RTS-style games.
Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/2104.07294 

Cite this work

@article{bamford2021generalising,
author= {Bamford, Christopher and Ovalle, Alvaro},
title= {{Generalising Discrete Action Spaces with Conditional Action Trees}},
year= {2021},
journal= {{arXiv:2104.07294}},
abstract= {There are relatively few conventions followed in reinforcement learning (RL) environments to structure the action spaces. As a consequence the application of RL algorithms to tasks with large action spaces with multiple components require additional effort to adjust to different formats. In this paper we introduce {m Conditional Action Trees} with two main objectives: (1) as a method of structuring action spaces in RL to generalise across several action space specifications, and (2) to formalise a process to significantly reduce the action space by decomposing it into multiple sub-spaces, favoring a multi-staged decision making approach. We show several proof-of-concept experiments validating our scheme, ranging from environments with basic discrete action spaces to those with large combinatorial action spaces commonly found in RTS-style games.},
}

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