Foundations of Deep Reinforcement Learning: Theory and Practice in Python

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Addison-Wesley Professional, Nov 20, 2019 - Computers - 416 pages
The Contemporary Introduction to Deep Reinforcement Learning that Combines Theory and Practice

Deep reinforcement learning (deep RL) combines deep learning and reinforcement learning, in which artificial agents learn to solve sequential decision-making problems. In the past decade deep RL has achieved remarkable results on a range of problems, from single and multiplayer games—such as Go, Atari games, and DotA 2—to robotics.

Foundations of Deep Reinforcement Learning is an introduction to deep RL that uniquely combines both theory and implementation. It starts with intuition, then carefully explains the theory of deep RL algorithms, discusses implementations in its companion software library SLM Lab, and finishes with the practical details of getting deep RL to work.
This guide is ideal for both computer science students and software engineers who are familiar with basic machine learning concepts and have a working understanding of Python.
  • Understand each key aspect of a deep RL problem
  • Explore policy- and value-based algorithms, including REINFORCE, SARSA, DQN, Double DQN, and Prioritized Experience Replay (PER)
  • Delve into combined algorithms, including Actor-Critic and Proximal Policy Optimization (PPO)
  • Understand how algorithms can be parallelized synchronously and asynchronously
  • Run algorithms in SLM Lab and learn the practical implementation details for getting deep RL to work
  • Explore algorithm benchmark results with tuned hyperparameters
  • Understand how deep RL environments are designed
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This book is good for graduate students who are beginners in deep reinforcement learning and want to grasp both the practical and theoretical understanding of deep reinforcement learning. Unlike other books, this book is laced with practical illustration of mathematical equations and how to implement the algorithms with software programming. It is also a refresher book for experts in the field. 


PolicyBased and ValueBased Algorithms
Deep QNetworks DQN
Combined Methods
Parallelization Methods
Environment Design
Transition Function
B Example Environments

Algorithm Summary
Network Architectures
Proximal Policy Optimization PPO

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Laura Graesser is a research software engineer working in robotics at Google. She holds a master’s degree in computer science from New York University, where she specialized in machine learning.

Wah Loon Keng is an AI engineer at Machine Zone, where he applies deep reinforcement learning to industrial problems. He has a background in both theoretical physics and computer science.

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