Proceedings Abstracts of the Twenty-Fourth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Direct Policy Iteration with Demonstrations / 3380
Jessica Chemali, Alessandro Lazaric

We consider the problem of learning the optimal policy of an unknown Markov decision process (MDP) when expert demonstrations are available along with interaction samples. We build on classification-based policy iteration to perform a seamless integration of interaction and expert data, thus obtaining an algorithm which can benefit from both sources of information at the same time. Furthermore, we provide a full theoretical analysis of the performance across iterations providing insights on how the algorithm works. Finally, we report an empirical evaluation of the algorithm and a comparison with the state-of-the-art algorithms.