Investigating Simple Object Representations in Model-Free Deep Reinforcement Learning
- Guy Davidson, Center for Data Science, New York University, New York, New York, United States
- Brenden Lake, NYU, New York, New York, United States
AbstractWe explore the benefits of augmenting state-of-the-art model-free deep reinforcement learning with simple object representations. Following the Frostbite challenge posited by Lake et al. (2017), we identify object representations as a critical cognitive capacity lacking from current reinforcement learning agents. We discover that providing the Rainbow model (Hessel et al., 2018) with simple, feature-engineered object representations substantially boosts its performance on the Frostbite game from Atari 2600. We then analyze the relative contributions of the representations of different types of objects, identify environment states where these representations are most impactful, and examine how these representations aid in generalizing to novel situations.
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