Reinforcement Learning and Optimal Control

Reinforcement Learning and Optimal Control Books by Dimitri Bertsekas


Reinforcement Learning and Optimal Control

Book Description

This book considers large and challenging multistage decision problems, which can be solved in principle by dynamic programming, but their exact solution is computationally intractable. We discuss solution methods that rely on approximations to produce suboptimal policies with adequate performance. These methods are known by several essentially equivalent names: reinforcement learning, approximate dynamic programming, and neuro-dynamic programming. They underlie, among others, the recent impressive successes of self-learning in the context of games such as chess and Go. One of the aims of the book is to explore the common boundary between artificial intelligence and optimal control, and to form a bridge that is accessible by workers with background in either field. Another aim is to organize coherently the broad mosaic of methods that have proved successful in practice while having a solid theoretical and/or logical foundation. This may help researchers and practitioners to find their way through the maze of competing ideas that constitute the current state of the art. The mathematical style of this book is somewhat different than other books by the same author. While we provide a rigorous, albeit short, mathematical account of the theory of finite and infinite horizon dynamic programming, and some fundamental approximation methods, we rely more on intuitive explanations and less on proof-based insights. We also illustrate the methodology with many example algorithms and applications. Selected sections, instructional videos and slides, and other supporting material may be found at the author's website.

Books Detail

  • Title: Reinforcement Learning and Optimal Control
  • Author: Dimitri Bertsekas
  • Length: 388 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Athena Scientific
  • Publication Date: April 18, 2019
  • ISBN-10: 1886529396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886529397
  • Sales Rank:  #52,189 (See Top 100 Books)

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