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We investigate how Safe Policy Improvement (SPI) algorithms can exploit the structure of factored Markov decision processes when such structure is unknown a priori. To facilitate the application of reinforcement learning in the real world, SPI provides probabilistic guarantees that policy changes in a running process will improve the performance of this process. However, current SPI algorithms have requirements that might be impractical, such as: (i) availability of a large amount of historical data, or (ii) prior knowledge of the underlying structure. To overcome these limitations we enhance a Factored SPI (FSPI) algorithm with different structure learning methods. The resulting algorithms need fewer samples to improve the policy and require weaker prior knowledge assumptions. In well-factorized domains, the proposed algorithms improve performance significantly compared to a flat SPI algorithm, demonstrating a sample complexity closer to an FSPI algorithm that knows the structure. This indicates that the combination of FSPI and structure learning algorithms is a promising solution to real-world problems involving many variables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twenty-Eighth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
PublisherInternational Joint Conferences on Artifical Intelligence (IJCAI)
Pages3453-3459
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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