RL: Tricks of the Trade

Raw collection of random things I've read around for better RL but now forgotten the sources. Hopefully, I can refine this sometime.

Deadly triad

  • Off-policy learning

  • Flexible function approx.

  • Bootstrapping


  • Experience replay buffer + mini-batch SGD

  • Target network

  • TD-error clipping

  • Double Q-Learning - reduce maximization bias

  • Average Q-Learning - reduce variance

Optimistic initializations - initialize to upper bound of Q-values