Exploration with Multiple Random ε-Buffers in Off-Policy Deep Reinforcement Learning

Kim, Park
2019 Symmetry  
In terms of deep reinforcement learning (RL), exploration is highly significant in achieving better generalization. In benchmark studies, ε-greedy random actions have been used to encourage exploration and prevent over-fitting, thereby improving generalization. Deep RL with random ε-greedy policies, such as deep Q-networks (DQNs), can demonstrate efficient exploration behavior. A random ε-greedy policy exploits additional replay buffers in an environment of sparse and binary rewards, such as in
more » ... the real-time online detection of network securities by verifying whether the network is "normal or anomalous." Prior studies have illustrated that a prioritized replay memory attributed to a complex temporal difference error provides superior theoretical results. However, another implementation illustrated that in certain environments, the prioritized replay memory is not superior to the randomly-selected buffers of random ε-greedy policy. Moreover, a key challenge of hindsight experience replay inspires our objective by using additional buffers corresponding to each different goal. Therefore, we attempt to exploit multiple random ε-greedy buffers to enhance explorations for a more near-perfect generalization with one original goal in off-policy RL. We demonstrate the benefit of off-policy learning from our method through an experimental comparison of DQN and a deep deterministic policy gradient in terms of discrete action, as well as continuous control for complete symmetric environments.
doi:10.3390/sym11111352 fatcat:ecu2fm6lvzd3fgz7pod4qiajfe