Object Focused Q-Learning for Autonomous Agents
Cobo, Luis C.
Isbell, Charles L., Jr.
Thomaz, Andrea L.
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We present Object Focused Q-learning (OF-Q), a novel reinforcement learning algorithm that can offer exponential speed-ups over classic Q-learning on domains composed of independent objects. An OF-Q agent treats the state space as a collection of objects organized into different object classes. Our key contribution is a control policy that uses non-optimal Q-functions to estimate the risk of ignoring parts of the state space. We compare our algorithm to traditional Q-learning and previous arbitration algorithms in two domains, including a version of Space Invaders.