Meta-SAC: Auto-tune the Entropy Temperature of Soft Actor-Critic via Metagradient

ICML 2020

Meta-SAC: Auto-tune the Entropy Temperature of Soft Actor-Critic via Metagradient

Jul 19, 2020
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Exploration-exploitation dilemma has long been a crucial issue in reinforcement learning. In this paper, we propose a new approach to automatically balance between these two. Our method is built upon the Soft Actor-Critic (SAC) algorithm, which uses an ``entropy temperature" that balances the original task reward and the policy entropy, and hence controls the trade-off between exploitation and exploration. It is empirically shown that SAC is very sensitive to this hyperparameter, and the follow-up work (SAC-v2), which uses constrained optimization for automatic adjustment, has some limitations. The core of our method, namely Meta-SAC, is to use metagradient along with a novel meta objective to automatically tune the entropy temperature in SAC. We show that Meta-SAC achieves promising performances on several of the Mujoco benchmarking tasks, and outperforms SAC-v2 over 10% in one of the most challenging tasks, humanoid-v2. Speakers: Yufei Wang, Tianwei Ni

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