Policy gradient reinforcement learning with separated knowledge: Environmental dynamics and action-values in policies

Seiji Ishihara, Harukazu Igarashi

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The knowledge concerning an agent's policies consists of two types: the environmental dynamics for defining state transitions around the agent, and the behavior knowledge for solving a given task. However, these two types of information, which are usually combined into state-value or action-value functions, are learned together by conventional reinforcement learning. If they are separated and learned respectively, we might be able to transfer the behavior knowledge to other environments and reuse or modify it. In our previous work, we presented appropriate rules of learning using policy gradients with an objective function, which consists of two types of parameters representing the environmental dynamics and the behavior knowledge, to separate the learning for each type. In the learning framework, state-values were used as reusable parameters corresponding to the behavior knowledge. Instead of state-values, this paper adopts action-values as parameters in the objective function of a policy and presents learning rules by the policy gradient method for each of the separated knowledge. Simulation results on a pursuit problem showed that such parameters can also be transferred and reused more effectively than the unseparated knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-289
Number of pages8
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Action-value
  • Environmental dynamics
  • Policy gradient method
  • Pursuit problem
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Transfer learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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