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Multi-armed Bandit Problem and Bayesian Optimization in Reinforcement Learning From Cognitive Science and Machine Learning Summer School 2010 Loris Bazzani 1

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Outline Summer School 2

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Outline Presentation What are Machine Learning and Cognitive Science? How are they related each other? Reinforcement Learning – Background – Discrete case – Continuous case 4

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Outline Presentation What are Machine Learning and Cognitive Science? How are they related each other? Reinforcement Learning – Background – Discrete case – Continuous case 5

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What is Machine Learning (ML)? Endow computers with the ability to “learn” from “data” Present data from sensors, the internet, experiments Expect computer to make decisions Traditionally categorized as: – Supervised Learning: classification, regression – Unsupervised Learning: dimensionality reduction, clustering – Reinforcement Learning: learning from feedback, planning From N. Lawrence slides 6

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What is Cognitive Science (CogSci)? How does the mind get so much out of so little? – Rich models of the world – Make strong generalizations Process of reverse engineering of the brain – Create computational models of the brain Much of cognition involves induction: finding patterns in data From N. Chater slides 7

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Outline Presentation What are Machine Learning and Cognitive Science? How are they related each other? Reinforcement Learning – Background – Discrete case – Continuous case 8

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Link between CogSci and ML ML takes inspiration from psychology, CogSci and computer science – Rosenblatt’s Perceptron – Neural Networks – … CogSci uses ML as engineering toolkit – Bayesian inference in generative models – Hierarchical probabilistic models – Approximated methods of learning and inference – … 9

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Human learning Categorization Causal learning Function learning Representations Language Experiment design … Machine learning Density estimation Graphical models Regression Nonparametric Bayes Probabilistic grammars Inference algorithms … 10

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Outline Presentation What are Machine Learning and Cognitive Science? How are they related each other? Reinforcement Learning – Background – Discrete case – Continuous case 11

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Outline Presentation What are Machine Learning and Cognitive Science? How are they related each other? Reinforcement Learning – Background – Discrete case – Continuous case 14

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Multi-armed Bandit Problem [Auer et al. ‘95] I wanna win a lot of cash! 15

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Multi-armed Bandit Problem [Auer et al. ‘95] Trade-off between Exploration and Exploitation Adversary controls payoffs No statistical assumptions on the rewards distribution Performances measurement: Regret = Player Reward – Best Reward Upper Bound on the Expected Regret 16

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Multi-armed Bandit Problem [Auer et al. ‘95] Actions Sequence of Trials Reward(s) Goal: define a probability distribution over 17

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The Full Information Game [Freund & Shapire ‘95] Regret Bound: Problem: Compute the reward for each action! 18

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The Partial Information Game Exp3 = Exponential-weight algorithm for Exploration and Exploitation Update only the selected action Tries out all the possible actions Bound for certain values of and depending on the best reward 19

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The Partial Information Game Exp3.1 = Exp3 with rounds, where a round consists of a sequence of trials Each round guesses a bound for the total reward of the best action Bound: 20

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The Partial Information Game with experts Player have a set of strategies for choosing the best action External advise is given by “experts” Goal: combine them in a such way that its total reward is close to the best expert Expert could be seen as a “meta-action” in a higher-level bandit problem 21

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Multi-armed Bandit Problem with experts [Auer et al. ‘95] Actions Sequence of Trials Reward(s) Experts 22

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The Partial Information Game with experts Exp4 = Exponential-weight algorithm for Exploration and Exploitation using Expert advise Act on the distribution over experts Same as Exp3 23

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Applications [Hedge] 24

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Applications [Hedge] [Bazzani et al. ‘10] 25

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Outline Presentation What are Machine Learning and Cognitive Science? How are they related each other? Reinforcement Learning – Background – Discrete case – Continuous case 26

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Bayesian Optimization [Brochu et al. ‘10] Optimize a nonlinear function over a set: Classic Optimization ToolsBayesian Optimization Tools Known math representation Convex Evaluation of the function on all the points Not close-form expression Not convex Evaluation of the function only on one point gets noisy response actions Function that gives rewards 27

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Bayesian Optimization [Brochu et al. ‘10] Uses the Bayesian Theorem where Prior: our beliefs about the space of possible objective functions Posterior: our updated beliefs about the unknown objective function Likelihood: given what we think we know about the prior, how likely is the data we have seen? Goal: maximize the posterior at each step, so that each new evaluation decreases the distance between the true global maximum and the expected maximum given the model. 28

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Bayesian Optimization [Brochu et al. ‘10] 29

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Priors over Functions Convergence conditions of BO: – The acquisition function is continuous and approximately minimizes the risk – Conditional variance converges to zero Guaranteed by Gaussian Processes (GP) – The objective is continuous – The prior is homogeneous – The optimization is independent of the m- th differences 30

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Priors over Functions GP = extension of the multivariate Gaussian distribution to an infinite dimension stochastic process Any finite linear combination of samples will be normally distributed Defined by its mean function and covariance function Focus on defining the covariance function 31

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Why use GPs? Assume zero-mean GP, function values are drawn according to, where When a new observation comes Using Sherman-Morrison-Woodbury formula 32

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Choice of Covariance Functions Isotropic model with hyperparameter Squared Exponential Kernel Mater Kernel Gamma function Bessel function 33

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Acquisition Functions The role of the acquisition function is to guide the search for the optimum and the uncertainty is great Assumption: Optimize the acquisition function is simple and cheap Goal: high acquisition corresponds to potentially high values of the objective function Maximizing the probability of improvement 34

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Acquisition Functions Expected improvement Confidence bound criterion CDF and PDF of normal distribution 35

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Applications [BO] Learn a set of robot gait parameters that maximize velocity of a Sony AIBO ERS-7 robot Find a policy for robot path planning that would minimize uncertainty about its location and heading Select the locations of a set of sensors (e.g., cameras) in a dynamic system 36

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Take-home Message ML and CogSci are connected Reinforcement Learning is useful for optimization when dealing with temporal information – Discrete case: Multi-armed bandit problem – Continuous case: Bayesian optimization We can employ these techniques for Computer Vision and System Control problems 37

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[Abbeel et al. 2007] 38

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Some References P. Auer, N. Cesa-Bianchi, Y. Freund, and R. E. Schapire Gambling in a rigged casino: The adversarial multi-armed bandit problem. FOCS '95. Yoav Freund and Robert E. Schapire A decision-theoretic generalization of on- line learning and an application to boosting. EuroCOLT '95. Eric Brochu, Vlad Cora and Nando de Freitas A Tutorial on Bayesian Optimization of Expensive Cost Functions, with Application to Active User Modeling and Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning. Technical Report TR UBC. Loris Bazzani, Nando de Freitas and Jo-Anne Ting Learning attentional mechanisms for simultaneous object tracking and recognition with deep networks. NIPS 2010 Deep Learning and Unsupervised Feature Learning Workshop. Carl Edward Rasmussen and Christopher K. I. Williams Gaussian Processes for Machine Learning. The MIT Press. Pieter Abbeel, Adam Coates, Morgan Quigley, and Andrew Y. Ng An Application of Reinforcement Learning to Aerobatic Helicopter Flight. NIPS

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