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Analysis of a Classification-based Policy Iteration Algorithm

Alessandro Lazaric
Mohammad Ghavamzadeh
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Remi Munos
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We present a classification-based policy iteration algorithm, called Direct Policy Iteration, and provide its finite-sample analysis. Our results state a performance bound in terms of the number of policy improvement steps, the number of rollouts used in each iteration, the capacity of the considered policy space, and a new capacity measure which indicates how well the policy space can approximate policies that are greedy w.r.t. any of its members. The analysis reveals a tradeoff between the estimation and approximation errors in this classification-based policy iteration setting. We also study the consistency of the method when there exists a sequence of policy spaces with increasing capacity.
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inria-00482065 , version 1 (07-05-2010)
inria-00482065 , version 2 (25-01-2011)
inria-00482065 , version 3 (30-01-2012)


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Alessandro Lazaric, Mohammad Ghavamzadeh, Remi Munos. Analysis of a Classification-based Policy Iteration Algorithm. [Technical Report] 2010. ⟨inria-00482065v2⟩
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