The MineRL Competition on Sample-Efficient Reinforcement Learning Using Human Priors: A Retrospective

Abstract

To facilitate research in the direction of sample-efficient reinforcement learning, we held the MineRL Competition on Sample-Efficient Reinforcement Learning Using Human Priors at the Thirty-fourth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2019). The primary goal of this competition was to promote the development of algorithms that use human demonstrations alongside reinforcement learning to reduce the number of samples needed to solve complex, hierarchical, and sparse environments. We describe the competition and provide an overview of the top solutions, each of which uses deep reinforcement learning and/or imitation learning. We also discuss the impact of our organizational decisions on the competition as well as future directions for improvement.

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