Evolutionary Action Selection for Gradient-based Policy Learning

12 Jan 2022  ·  Yan Ma, Tianxing Liu, Bingsheng Wei, Yi Liu, Kang Xu, Wei Li ·

Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) and Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) have recently been integrated to take the advantage of the both methods for better exploration and exploitation.The evolutionary part in these hybrid methods maintains a population of policy networks.However, existing methods focus on optimizing the parameters of policy network, which is usually high-dimensional and tricky for EA.In this paper, we shift the target of evolution from high-dimensional parameter space to low-dimensional action space.We propose Evolutionary Action Selection-Twin Delayed Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (EAS-TD3), a novel hybrid method of EA and DRL.In EAS, we focus on optimizing the action chosen by the policy network and attempt to obtain high-quality actions to promote policy learning through an evolutionary algorithm. We conduct several experiments on challenging continuous control tasks.The result shows that EAS-TD3 shows superior performance over other state-of-art methods.

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