• Length:
    6 Weeks
  • Effort:
    4–8 hours per week
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    Advanced
  • Language:
    English
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About this course

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Reinforcement Learning (RL) is an area of machine learning, where an agent learns by interacting with its environment to achieve a goal. 

In this course, you will be introduced to the world of  reinforcement learning. You will learn how to frame reinforcement learning problems and start tackling classic examples like news recommendation, learning to navigate in a grid-world, and balancing a cart-pole.

You will explore the basic algorithms from multi-armed bandits, dynamic programming, TD (temporal difference) learning, and progress towards larger state space using function approximation, in particular using deep learning. You will also learn about algorithms that focus on searching the best policy with policy gradient and actor critic methods. Along the way, you will get introduced to Project Malmo, a platform for Artificial Intelligence experimentation and research built on top of the Minecraft game.

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What you'll learn

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  • Reinforcement Learning Problem
  • Markov Decision Process
  • Bandits
  • Dynamic Programming
  • Temporal Difference Learning
  • Approximate Solution Methods
  • Policy Gradient and Actor Critic
  • RL that Works

Meet your instructors

Jonathan Sanito
Senior Content Developer
Microsoft
Roland Fernandez
Senior Researcher and AI School Instructor, Deep Learning Technology Center
Microsoft Research AI
Adith Swaminathan
Researcher
Microsoft Research AI
Kenneth Tran
Principal Research Engineer
Microsoft Research AI

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