Autonomous exploration for navigating in non-stationary CMPs

Abstract

We consider a setting in which the objective is to learn to navigate in a controlled Markov process (CMP) where transition probabilities may abruptly change. For this setting, we propose a performance measure called exploration steps which counts the time steps at which the learner lacks sufficient knowledge to navigate its environment efficiently. We devise a learning meta-algorithm, MNM and prove an upper bound on the exploration steps in terms of the number of changes.

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