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Cultivating Desired Behaviour: Policy Teaching Via Environment-Dynamics Tweaks

Cultivating Desired Behaviour: Policy Teaching Via Environment-Dynamics Tweaks
Cultivating Desired Behaviour: Policy Teaching Via Environment-Dynamics Tweaks
In this paper we study, for the first time explicitly, the implications of endowing an interested party (i.e. a teacher) with the ability to modify the underlying dynamics of the environment, in order to encourage an agent to learn to follow a specific policy. We introduce a cost function which can be used by the teacher to balance the modifications it makes to the underlying environment dynamics, with the learner's performance compared to some ideal, desired, policy. We formulate teacher's problem of determining optimal environment changes as a planning and control problem, and empirically validate the effectiveness of our model.
Teacher-learner, control theory, Kullback-Leibler Rate
1097-1104
Rabinovich, Zinovi
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Dufton, Lachlan
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Larson, Kate
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Jennings, Nick
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Rabinovich, Zinovi
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Dufton, Lachlan
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Larson, Kate
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Jennings, Nick
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Rabinovich, Zinovi, Dufton, Lachlan, Larson, Kate and Jennings, Nick (2010) Cultivating Desired Behaviour: Policy Teaching Via Environment-Dynamics Tweaks. The 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Canada. pp. 1097-1104 .

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In this paper we study, for the first time explicitly, the implications of endowing an interested party (i.e. a teacher) with the ability to modify the underlying dynamics of the environment, in order to encourage an agent to learn to follow a specific policy. We introduce a cost function which can be used by the teacher to balance the modifications it makes to the underlying environment dynamics, with the learner's performance compared to some ideal, desired, policy. We formulate teacher's problem of determining optimal environment changes as a planning and control problem, and empirically validate the effectiveness of our model.

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Published date: May 2010
Venue - Dates: The 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Canada, 2010-05-01
Keywords: Teacher-learner, control theory, Kullback-Leibler Rate
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 268470
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/268470
PURE UUID: bdfd8b9f-cc5b-48ad-b980-142fee2487ee

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Date deposited: 05 Feb 2010 13:09
Last modified: 09 Dec 2019 20:10

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