Methods of Machine Learning and their Application. The Basics of Markov Decision Processes and Reinforcement Learning


Bachelor Thesis, 2021

29 Pages, Grade: 1,3


Abstract or Introduction

This bachelor thesis aims to illustrate the idea behind Markov Decision Processes (MDP) and to present a few basic methods of Reinforcement Learning (RL) namely Monte Carlo Learning and Q-Learning, which are the solutions for decision problems modelled by MDPs. For the last section we apply these methods on an application and in the end discuss the results.

Let us imagine the scenario where we put a hamster inside a maze, we expect the hamster to go through the maze till it reaches some point we considered as the goal. Well, it may randomly work but most of the time it won’t. At this place, the hamster does not know how important this particular point remains namely the goal.

But how will it be, when we remunerate the hamster once the goal is reached, he receives a reward for example a piece of cheese. The hamster will start to remember the route, which leads to the cheese and he maybe will learn to go the easy and quick way to achieve this goal. What we did, is that we reinforce the good behavior of the hamster by giving it some reward.

Details

Title
Methods of Machine Learning and their Application. The Basics of Markov Decision Processes and Reinforcement Learning
College
Hamburg University of Technology  (Embedded Systems)
Grade
1,3
Author
Year
2021
Pages
29
Catalog Number
V1141604
ISBN (eBook)
9783346518187
ISBN (Book)
9783346518194
Language
English
Tags
MDP, Reinforcement Learning, Value Iteration, Monte Carlo Learning, Q-Learning, Machine Learning
Quote paper
Omar Baiazid (Author), 2021, Methods of Machine Learning and their Application. The Basics of Markov Decision Processes and Reinforcement Learning, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1141604

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