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Nonreciprocating Sharing Methods in Cooperative Q-Learning Environments

Cunningham, Bryan and Cao, Yong (2012) Nonreciprocating Sharing Methods in Cooperative Q-Learning Environments. Technical Report TR-12-15, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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Past research on multiagent simulation with cooperative reinforcement learning (RL) focuses on developing sharing strategies that are adopted and used by all agents in the environment. In this paper, we target situations where this assumption of a single sharing strategy that is employed by all agents is not valid. We seek to address how agents with no predetermined sharing partners can exploit groups of cooperatively learning agents to improve learning performance when compared to independent learning. Specifically, we propose three intra-agent methods that do not assume a reciprocating sharing relationship and leverage the pre-existing agent interface associated with Q-Learning to expedite learning.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Multiagent Reinforcement Learning; Cooperative Learning; Agent Interaction Protocols; Information Exchanges in Multiagent Systems
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:1200
Deposited By:Cunningham, Mr. Bryan
Deposited On:18 March 2013