Title

Reinforcement Learning Algorithms As Function Optimizers

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

12-1-1989

Abstract

Any nonassociative reinforcement learning algorithm can be viewed as a method for performing function optimization through (possibly noise-corrupted) sampling of function values. A description is given of the results of simulations in which the optima of several deterministic functions studied by D. H. Ackley (Ph.D. Diss., Carnegie-Mellon Univ., 1987) were sought using variants of REINFORCE algorithms. Results obtained for certain of these algorithms compare favorably to the best results found by Ackley.

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