Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On, 2nd Edition

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2020-01-31
826 pages

Book Description

New edition of the bestselling guide to deep reinforcement learning and how it's used to solve complex real-world problems. Revised and expanded to include multi-agent methods, discrete optimization, RL in robotics, advanced exploration techniques, and more

Key Features

  • Second edition of the bestselling introduction to deep reinforcement learning, expanded with six new chapters
  • Learn advanced exploration techniques including noisy networks, pseudo-count, and distillation methods
  • Apply RL methods to robotics platforms

Book Description

Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On, Second Edition is an updated and expanded version of the bestselling guide to the very latest reinforcement learning (RL) tools and techniques. It provides you with an introduction to the fundamentals of RL, along with the hands-on ability to code intelligent learning agents to perform a range of practical tasks.

With six new chapters devoted to a variety of up-to-the-minute developments in RL, including discrete optimization (solving the Rubik's Cube), multi-agent methods, Microsoft's TextWorld environment, advanced exploration techniques, and more, you will come away from this book with a deep understanding of the latest innovations in this emerging field.

In addition, you will gain actionable insights into such topic areas as deep Q-networks, policy gradient methods, continuous control problems, and highly scalable, non-gradient methods. You will also discover how to build a real hardware robot trained with RL for less than $100 and solve the Pong environment in just 30 minutes of using step-by-step code optimization.

In short, Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On, Second Edition, is your companion to navigating the exciting complexities of RL as it helps you attain experience and knowledge through real-world examples.

What you will learn

  • Understand the deep learning context of RL and implement complex deep learning models
  • Evaluate RL methods including cross-entropy, DQN, actor-critic, TRPO, PPO, DDPG, D4PG, and others
  • Build a practical hardware robot trained with RL methods for less than $100
  • Discover Microsoft's TextWorld environment, which is an interactive fiction platform
  • Use discrete optimization in RL to solve a Rubik's Cube
  • Teach your agent to play Connect 4 using AlphaGo Zero
  • Explore the very latest deep RL research on topics including chatbots
  • Discover advanced exploration techniques, including noisy networks and network distillation techniques

Who this book is for

Some fluency in Python is assumed. Sound understanding of the fundamentals of deep learning will be helpful. This book is an introduction to deep RL and requires no background in RL

Table of Contents

  1. What Is Reinforcement Learning?
  2. OpenAI Gym
  3. Deep Learning with PyTorch
  4. The Cross-Entropy Method
  5. Tabular Learning and the Bellman Equation
  6. Deep Q-Networks
  7. Higher-Level RL libraries
  8. DQN Extensions
  9. Ways to Speed up RL
  10. Stocks Trading Using RL
  11. Policy Gradients - an Alternative
  12. The Actor-Critic Method
  13. Asynchronous Advantage Actor-Critic
  14. Training Chatbots with RL
  15. The TextWorld environment
  16. Web Navigation
  17. Continuous Action Space
  18. RL in Robotics
  19. Trust Regions - PPO, TRPO, ACKTR, and SAC
  20. Black-Box Optimization in RL
  21. Advanced exploration
  22. Beyond Model-Free - Imagination
  23. AlphaGo Zero
  24. RL in Discrete Optimisation
  25. Multi-agent RL

Book Details

  • Title: Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On, 2nd Edition
  • Author:
  • Length: 826 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2020-01-31
  • ISBN-10: 1838826998
  • ISBN-13: 9781838826994
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