Value Focused Models

David Silver

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predict optimal planning

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predict optimal planning

functions 1] A --> A2[Real-hypothetical Bellman equations

ensure consistency 2] A --> A3[Telescoping extends consistency

over time steps 3] A --> A4[Multiple value functions

improve generalization 4] A --> A5[Predictron estimates consistent

value functions 5] A --> A6[Lambda Predictron combines

n-step predictors 6] B --> B1[Action Predictron handles

control tasks 10] B --> B2[Imagination vs reality

policy flexibility 11] B --> B3[Grounded Predictron matches

real-world policies 12] B --> B4[Tree Predictron optimizes

action sequences 13] B --> B5[Value Iteration Network

applies convolutional networks 17] B --> B6[Algorithmic function approximation

uses networks 18] C --> C1[Model-free training for

value-focused models 7] C --> C2[Consistency updates improve

model predictions 8] C --> C3[Reward grounding aligns

intermediate predictions 9] C --> C4[Value Prediction Network

implements Grounded Predictron 14] C --> C5[Tree QN improves

Atari performance 15] C --> C6[Monte Carlo Tree

Search Networks scale 16] D --> D1[Universal approximators learn

planning algorithms 19] D --> D2[AlphaGo demonstrates implicit

planning behaviors 20] D --> D3[Combining learning and

planning methods 21] D --> D4[Neural networks represent

models implicitly 22] D --> D5[Value-focused models improve

sample efficiency 23] D --> D6[Exploration limitations in

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**Resume: **

**1.-** Value-focused models: Models that focus exclusively on predicting value functions, which are sufficient for optimal planning and ignore irrelevant details.

**2.-** Real vs. hypothetical Bellman equations: Consistency between real-world value functions and model-based value predictions is key for effective planning.

**3.-** Telescoping Bellman equations: Extending consistency requirements over multiple time steps in both real and hypothetical dimensions.

**4.-** Many value-focused models: Learning models consistent with multiple value functions for improved data efficiency and generalization.

**5.-** Predictron: A multi-step, many-value-focused model that unrolls predictions to estimate value functions consistently.

**6.-** Lambda Predictron: Combines different n-step predictors using TD(λ)-style weighting for more robust value estimation.

**7.-** Model-free training of model-based systems: Training value-focused models end-to-end as if they were model-free value function approximators.

**8.-** Consistency updates: Improving model predictions by enforcing consistency between different n-step value estimates, even without new experiences.

**9.-** Reward grounding: Aligning intermediate model predictions with actual environment rewards for improved temporal consistency.

**10.-** Action Predictron: Extends the Predictron to handle actions and policies, allowing for control tasks.

**11.-** Hypothetical vs. real policies: Allowing different policies in imagination vs. reality for more flexible planning.

**12.-** Grounded Predictron: Constrains imagined actions to match real-world policies for improved consistency.

**13.-** Tree Predictron: Uses a tree structure to optimize over sequences of actions, similar to Q-learning approaches.

**14.-** Value Prediction Network: A specific implementation of the grounded Predictron concept.

**15.-** Tree QN: An implementation of the Tree Predictron concept, showing improved performance on Atari games.

**16.-** Monte Carlo Tree Search Networks: Efficiently scaling tree search by using incremental simulations instead of brute-force expansion.

**17.-** Value Iteration Network: Applies value iteration over an entire implicit state space using convolutional neural networks.

**18.-** Algorithmic function approximation: Approximating planning algorithms directly with neural networks instead of just value functions.

**19.-** Universal algorithmic function approximators: Using powerful recurrent neural networks to learn planning algorithms from scratch.

**20.-** Implicit planning in AlphaGo: Demonstrating that deep neural networks can implicitly capture complex planning-like behaviors.

**21.-** Combining learning and planning: Exploring methods that leverage both learning and planning for improved performance.

**22.-** Implicit models and planning: Using neural networks to represent both world models and planning algorithms implicitly.

**23.-** Data efficiency in model-based RL: Learning about multiple value functions can improve sample efficiency compared to model-free methods.

**24.-** Exploration limitations: Value-focused models can't magically explore unseen states but can use data more efficiently.

**25.-** State representation learning: Value-focused models can learn state representations that focus on relevant features for the task.

**26.-** Policy iteration vs. value iteration: Different approaches to optimizing policies, either through iterative improvement or direct optimization.

**27.-** Stochastic vs. deterministic policies: Challenges in handling stochastic policies in model-based planning.

**28.-** Scalability of tree search: Addressing computational challenges when planning over long horizons or with large action spaces.

**29.-** Inductive biases for planning: Exploring appropriate neural network structures for capturing planning-like behaviors.

**30.-** Trade-offs between structured and universal approximators: Balancing specialized planning architectures with more general neural network approaches.

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