Policy Learning Using Weak Supervision

NeurIPS 2020

Policy Learning Using Weak Supervision

Dec 06, 2020
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Most existing policy learning solutions require the learning agents to receive high-quality supervision signals, e.g., rewards in reinforcement learning (RL) or high-quality expert's demonstrations in behavioral cloning (BC). These quality supervisions are either infeasible or prohibitively expensive to obtain in practice. We aim for a unified framework that leverages the weak supervisions to perform policy learning efficiently. To handle this problem, we treat the "weak supervisions" as imperfect information coming from a peer agent, and evaluate the learning agent's policy based on a "correlated agreement" with the peer agent's policy (instead of simple agreements). Our way of leveraging peer agent's information offers us a family of solutions that learn effectively from weak supervisions with theoretical guarantees. Extensive evaluations on tasks including RL with noisy reward, BC with weak demonstrations and standard policy co-training (RL + BC) show that the proposed approach leads to substantial improvements, especially when the complexity or the noise of the learning environments grows. Speakers: Jingkang Wang, Hongyi Guo, Zhaowei Zhu, Yang Liu

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