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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.

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Preface
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  1. I. The Problem
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  1. 1. Introduction
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  1. 2. Evaluative Feedback
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  1. 3. The Reinforcement Learning Problem
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  1. II. Elementary Solution Methods
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. 4. Dynamic Programming
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  1. 5. Monte Carlo Methods
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  1. 6. Temporal-Difference Learning 133
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  1. III. A Unified View
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  1. 7. Eligibility Traces
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  1. 8. Generalization and Function Approximation
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  1. 9. Planning and Learning
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  1. 10. Dimensions of Reinforcement Learning
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  1. 11. Case Studies
  2. pp. 261-290
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  1. References
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  1. Summary of Notation
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262257053
Related ISBN
9780262193986
MARC Record
OCLC
1053169863
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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