Mastering Reinforcement Learning with Python

Mastering Reinforcement Learning with Python
  • eBook:
    Mastering Reinforcement Learning with Python: Build next-generation self-learning models using reinforcement learning techniques and best practices
  • Author:
    Enes Bilgin
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  • Data:
    January 11, 2021
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  • Pages:
    484 pages
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    PDF, ePUB

Book Description
Get hands-on experience in creating state-of-the-art reinforcement learning agents using TensorFlow and RLlib to solve complex real-world business and industry problems with the help of expert tips and best practices

Key Features

  • Understand how large-scale state-of-the-art RL algorithms and approaches work
  • Apply RL to solve complex problems in marketing, robotics, supply chain, finance, cybersecurity, and more
  • Explore tips and best practices from experts that will enable you to overcome real-world RL challenges

Book Description

Reinforcement learning (RL) is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) used for creating self-learning autonomous agents. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, this book takes a practical approach and uses examples inspired by real-world industry problems to teach you about state-of-the-art RL.
Starting with bandit problems, Markov decision processes, and dynamic programming, the book provides an in-depth review of the classical RL techniques, such as Monte Carlo methods and temporal-difference learning. After that, you will learn about deep Q-learning, policy gradient algorithms, actor-critic methods, model-based methods, and multi-agent reinforcement learning. Then, you'll be introduced to some of the key approaches behind the most successful RL implementations, such as domain randomization and curiosity-driven learning.
As you advance, you'll explore many novel algorithms with advanced implementations using modern Python libraries such as TensorFlow and Ray's RLlib package. You'll also find out how to implement RL in areas such as robotics, supply chain management, marketing, finance, smart cities, and cybersecurity while assessing the trade-offs between different approaches and avoiding common pitfalls.
By the end of this book, you'll have mastered how to train and deploy your own RL agents for solving RL problems.

What you will learn

  • Model and solve complex sequential decision-making problems using RL
  • Develop a solid understanding of how state-of-the-art RL methods work
  • Use Python and TensorFlow to code RL algorithms from scratch
  • Parallelize and scale up your RL implementations using Ray's RLlib package
  • Get in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of RL topics
  • Understand the trade-offs between different RL approaches
  • Discover and address the challenges of implementing RL in the real world

Who This Book Is For

This book is for expert machine learning practitioners and researchers looking to focus on hands-on reinforcement learning with Python by implementing advanced deep reinforcement learning concepts in real-world projects. Reinforcement learning experts who want to advance their knowledge to tackle large-scale and complex sequential decision-making problems will also find this book useful. Working knowledge of Python programming and deep learning along with prior experience in reinforcement learning is required.


Section 1: Reinforcement Learning Foundations
Chapter 1: Introduction to Reinforcement Learning
Chapter 2: Multi-Armed Bandits
Chapter 3: Contextual Bandits
Chapter 4: Makings of the Markov Decision Process
Chapter 5: Solving the Reinforcement Learning Problem

Section 2: Deep Reinforcement Learning
Chapter 6: Deep Q-Learning at Scale
Chapter 7: Policy-Based Methods
Chapter 8: Model-Based Methods
Chapter 9: Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning

Section 3: Advanced Topics in RL
Chapter 10: Machine Teaching
Chapter 11: Generalization and Domain Randomization
Chapter 12: Meta-Reinforcement Learning
Chapter 13: Other Advanced Topics

Section 4: Applications of RL
Chapter 14: Autonomous Systems
Chapter 15: Supply Chain Management
Chapter 16: Marketing, Personalization and Finance
Chapter 17: Smart City and Cybersecurity
Chapter 18: Challenges and Future Directions in Reinforcement Learning

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