CS 542 - Stat Reinforcement Learning

Fall 2021

Stat Reinforcement LearningCS542S74766OLC41230 - 1345 W F    Nan Jiang

Official Description

Theory of reinforcement learning, with a focus on sample complexity analyses. Specific topics include MDP basics, finite-sample analyses of online (i.e., exploration) and offline (i.e., batch) RL with a tabular representation, finite-sample analyses of online and offline RL with function approximation, state abstraction theory, off-policy evaluation (importance sampling), and policy gradient. The course goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the statistical properties of RL under various settings (e.g., online vs offline), preparing the students for doing research in the area. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: Calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and basic concepts of machine learning. Familiarity with (at least one of) the following topics is highly recommended: stochastic processes, numerical analysis, and theoretical computer science.

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