Optimism in Reinforcement Learning with Generalized Linear Function Approximation

Yining Wang · Ruosong Wang · Simon Du · Akshay Krishnamurthy

Keywords: [ provable sample efficiency ] [ regret analysis ] [ optimism ] [ theory ] [ function approximation ] [ exploration ] [ reinforcement learning ]

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Abstract: We design a new provably efficient algorithm for episodic reinforcement learning with generalized linear function approximation. We analyze the algorithm under a new expressivity assumption that we call ``optimistic closure,'' which is strictly weaker than assumptions from prior analyses for the linear setting. With optimistic closure, we prove that our algorithm enjoys a regret bound of $\widetilde{O}\left(H\sqrt{d^3 T}\right)$ where $H$ is the horizon, $d$ is the dimensionality of the state-action features and $T$ is the number of episodes. This is the first statistically and computationally efficient algorithm for reinforcement learning with generalized linear functions.

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