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Free Reinforcement Learning Textbook

Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction by Rich Sutton and Andrew Barto was recently released on October 15, 2018. The authors were kind enough to put a late draft version of the book online as a PDF. If you are hoping to learn about Reinforcement Learning, this is a great place to start.

Full text is available on a Google Drive at Reinforcement Learning. Take a look.

Good Luck and Happy Learning.

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Reinforcement Learning

Simply stated: Reinforcement Learning deals with actions and rewards (positive or negative). The rewards help to dictate the future actions.

Many children learn via reinforcement learning. Here is a simple example from my childhood. As a child, I was told not to touch the hot stove.

My action: I touched the door of the hot stove when it was open.

My reward (negative): I burned my hand, and it hurt.

My future actions resulted in me staying away from the hot stove.

This was a very simplified example of reinforcement learning. Here are two more great introductory references:

  1. Simple Beginner’s guide to Reinforcement Learning
  2. Deep Learning Research Review: Reinforcement Learning