Batch versus Interactive Learning by Demonstration
Thomaz, Andrea L.
Isbell, Charles L.
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Agents that operate in human environments will need to be able to learn new skills from everyday people. Learning from demonstration (LfD) is a popular paradigm for this. Drawing from our interest in Socially Guided Machine Learning, we explore the impact of interactivity on learning from demonstration. We present findings from a study with human subjects showing people who are able to interact with the learning agent provide better demonstrations (in part) by adapting based on learner performance which results in improved learning performance. We also find that interactivity increases a sense of engagement and may encourage players to participate longer. Our exploration of interactivity sheds light on how best to obtain demonstrations for LfD applications.