On the Convergence of Optimistic Policy Iteration

John N. Tsitsiklis; 3(Jul):59-72, 2002.


We consider a finite-state Markov decision problem and establish the convergence of a special case of optimistic policy iteration that involves Monte Carlo estimation of Q-values, in conjunction with greedy policy selection. We provide convergence results for a number of algorithmic variations, including one that involves temporal difference learning (bootstrapping) instead of Monte Carlo estimation. We also indicate some extensions that either fail or are unlikely to go through.

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