Continuous-state reinforcement learning with fuzzy approximation

L. Busoniu, D. Ernst, B. De Schutter, and R. Babuska, "Continuous-state reinforcement learning with fuzzy approximation," in Adaptive Agents and Multi-Agent Systems III. Adaptation and Multi-Agent Learning (K. Tuyls, A. Nowé, Z. Guessoum, and D. Kudenko, eds.), vol. 4865 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Berlin, Germany: Springer, ISBN 978-3-540-77947-6, pp. 27-43, 2008.

Reinforcement Learning (RL) is a widely used learning paradigm for adaptive agents. There exist several convergent and consistent RL algorithms which have been intensively studied. In their original form, these algorithms require that the environment states and agent actions take values in a relatively small discrete set. Fuzzy representations for approximate, model-free RL have been proposed in the literature for the more difficult case where the state-action space is continuous. In this work, we propose a fuzzy approximation architecture similar to those previously used for Q-learning, but we combine it with the model-based Q-value iteration algorithm. We prove that the resulting algorithm converges. We also give a modified, asynchronous variant of the algorithm that converges at least as fast as the original version. An illustrative simulation example is provided.

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Bibtex entry:

        author={L. Bu{\c{s}}oniu and D. Ernst and B. {D}e Schutter and R. Babu{\v{s}}ka},
        title={Continuous-state reinforcement learning with fuzzy approximation},
        booktitle={Adaptive Agents and Multi-Agent Systems III.\ Adaptation and Multi-Agent Learning},
        series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
        editor={K. Tuyls and A. Now\'e and Z. Guessoum and D. Kudenko},
        address={Berlin, Germany},

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