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rlPGAgentOptions

Options for PG agent

Description

Use an rlPGAgentOptions object to specify options for policy gradient (PG) agents. To create a PG agent, use rlPGAgent

For more information on PG agents, see Policy Gradient Agents.

For more information on the different types of reinforcement learning agents, see Reinforcement Learning Agents.

Creation

Description

opt = rlPGAgentOptions creates an rlPGAgentOptions object for use as an argument when creating a PG agent using all default settings. You can modify the object properties using dot notation.

example

opt = rlPGAgentOptions(Name,Value) sets option properties using name-value pairs. For example, rlPGAgentOptions('DiscountFactor',0.95) creates an option set with a discount factor of 0.95. You can specify multiple name-value pairs. Enclose each property name in quotes.

Properties

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Instruction to use baseline for learning, specified as a logical values. When UseBaseline is true, you must specify a critic network as the baseline function approximator.

In general, for simpler problems with smaller actor networks, PG agents work better without a baseline.

Sample time of agent, specified as a positive scalar.

Within a Simulink environment, the agent gets executed every SampleTime seconds of simulation time.

Within a MATLAB environment, the agent gets executed every time the environment advances. However, SampleTime is the time interval between consecutive elements in the output experience returned by sim or train.

Discount factor applied to future rewards during training, specified as a positive scalar less than or equal to 1.

Entropy loss weight, specified as a scalar value between 0 and 1. A higher loss weight value promotes agent exploration by applying a penalty for being too certain about which action to take. Doing so can help the agent move out of local optima.

The entropy loss function for episode step t is:

Ht=Ek=1Mμk(St|θμ)lnμk(St|θμ)

Here:

  • E is the entropy loss weight.

  • M is the number of possible actions.

  • μk(St) is the probability of taking action Ak following the current policy.

When gradients are computed during training, an additional gradient component is computed for minimizing this loss function.

Object Functions

rlPGAgentPolicy gradient reinforcement learning agent

Examples

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This example shows how to create and modify a PG agent options object.

Create a PG agent options object, specifying the discount factor.

opt = rlPGAgentOptions('DiscountFactor',0.9)
opt = 
  rlPGAgentOptions with properties:

          UseBaseline: 1
    EntropyLossWeight: 0
           SampleTime: 1
       DiscountFactor: 0.9000

You can modify options using dot notation. For example, set the agent sample time to 0.5.

opt.SampleTime = 0.5;
Introduced in R2019a