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 This paper proposes CURIOUS, an extension of Universal Value Function Approximators that enables intrinsically motivated agents to learn to achieve both multiple tasks and multiple goals within a unique policy, leveraging hindsight learning. Agents focus on achievable tasks first, using an automated curriculum learning mechanism that biases their attention towards tasks maximizing the absolute learning progress. This mechanism provides robustness to catastrophic forgetting (by refocusing on tasks where performance decreases) and distracting tasks (by avoiding tasks with no absolute learning progress). Furthermore,​ we show that having two levels of parameterization (tasks and goals within tasks) enables more efficient learning of skills in an environment with a modular physical structure (e.g. multiple objects) as compared to flat, goal-parameterized RL with hindsight experience replay. This paper proposes CURIOUS, an extension of Universal Value Function Approximators that enables intrinsically motivated agents to learn to achieve both multiple tasks and multiple goals within a unique policy, leveraging hindsight learning. Agents focus on achievable tasks first, using an automated curriculum learning mechanism that biases their attention towards tasks maximizing the absolute learning progress. This mechanism provides robustness to catastrophic forgetting (by refocusing on tasks where performance decreases) and distracting tasks (by avoiding tasks with no absolute learning progress). Furthermore,​ we show that having two levels of parameterization (tasks and goals within tasks) enables more efficient learning of skills in an environment with a modular physical structure (e.g. multiple objects) as compared to flat, goal-parameterized RL with hindsight experience replay.
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 +https://​arxiv.org/​abs/​1810.12162 Model-Based Active Exploration
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 + We introduce Model-Based Active eXploration (MAX), an algorithm that actively explores the environment. It minimizes data required to comprehensively model the environment by planning to observe novel events, instead of merely reacting to novelty encountered by chance. Non-stationarity induced by traditional exploration bonus techniques is avoided by constructing fresh exploration policies only at time of action. In semi-random toy environments where directed exploration is critical to make progress, our algorithm is at least an order of magnitude more efficient than strong baselines.