A policy search method for temporal logic specified reinforcement learning tasks
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Citation (published version)Xiao Li, Yao Ma, Calin Belta. 2017. "A Policy Search Method For Temporal Logic Specified Reinforcement Learning Tasks.." CoRR, Volume abs/1709.09611,
Reward engineering is an important aspect of reinforcement learning. Whether or not the users’ intentions can be correctly encapsulated in the reward function can significantly impact the learning outcome. Current methods rely on manually crafted reward functions that often requires parameter tuning to obtain the desired behavior. This operation can be expensive when exploration requires systems to interact with the physical world. In this paper, we explore the use of temporal logic (TL) to specify tasks in reinforcement learning. TL formula can be translated to a real-valued function that measures its level of satisfaction against a trajectory. We take advantage of this function and propose temporal logic policy search (TLPS), a model-free learning technique that finds a policy that satisfies the TL specification. A set of simulated experiments are conducted to evaluate the proposed approach.