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Richard S. Sutton

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An Introduction

Reinforcement learning, one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence, is a computational approach to learning whereby an agent tries to maximize the total amount of reward it receives when interacting with a complex, uncertain environment. In Reinforcement Learning, Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto provide a clear and simple account of the key ideas and algorithms of reinforcement learning. Their discussion ranges from the history of the field's intellectual foundations to the most recent developments and applications. The only necessary mathematical background is familiarity with elementary concepts of probability.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I defines the reinforcement learning problem in terms of Markov decision processes. Part II provides basic solution methods: dynamic programming, Monte Carlo methods, and temporal-difference learning. Part III presents a unified view of the solution methods and incorporates artificial neural networks, eligibility traces, and planning; the two final chapters present case studies and consider the future of reinforcement learning.

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Neural Networks for Control brings together examples of all the most important paradigms for the application of neural networks to robotics and control. Primarily concerned with engineering problems and approaches to their solution through neurocomputing systems, the book is divided into three sections: general principles, motion control, and applications domains (with evaluations of the possible applications by experts in the applications areas.) Special emphasis is placed on designs based on optimization or reinforcement, which will become increasingly important as researchers address more complex engineering challenges or real biological-control problems.

A Bradford Book. Neural Network Modeling and Connectionism series