Bandit-Based Planning and Learning in Continuous-Action Markov Decision Processes
Keywords:Monte-Carlo tree search, Continuous action planning, stochastic optimization
Recent research leverages results from the continuous-armed bandit literature to create a reinforcement-learning algorithm for continuous state and action spaces. Initially proposed in a theoretical setting, we provide the first examination of the empirical properties of the algorithm. Through experimentation, we demonstrate the effectiveness of this planning method when coupled with exploration and model learning and show that, in addition to its formal guarantees, the approach is very competitive with other continuous-action reinforcement learners.