Foundations of Deep Reinforcement Learning: Theory and Practice in Python: A Hands-On Introduction (Addison-Wesley Data & Analytics Series) : 9780135172384

Foundations of Deep Reinforcement Learning: Theory and Practice in Python: A Hands-On Introduction (Addison-Wesley Data & Analytics Series)

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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.
  • 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 parallelised 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
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.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Reinforcement Learning
  • Part I: Policy-Based and Value-Based Algorithms
  • Chapter 2: Policy Gradient
  • Chapter 3: State Action Reward State Action
  • Chapter 4: Deep Q-Networks
  • Chapter 5: Improving Deep Q-Networks
  • Part II: Combined Methods
  • Chapter 6: Advantage Actor-Critic
  • Chapter 7: Proximal Policy Optimization
  • Chapter 8: Parallelization Methods
  • Chapter 9: Algorithm Summary
  • Part III: Practical Tips
  • Chapter 10: Getting Reinforcement Learning to Work
  • Chapter 11: SLM Lab
  • Chapter 12: Network Architectures
  • Chapter 13: Hardward
  • Chapter 14: Environment Design
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: Deep Reinforcement Learning Timeline
  • Appendix B: Example Environments
  • References
  • Index