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  • Train an agent to walk using OpenAI Gym and TensorFlow
  • Solve multi-armed-bandit problems using various algorithms
  • Build intelligent agents using the DRQN algorithm to play the Doom game
  • Teach your agent to play Connect4 using AlphaGo Zero
  • Defeat Atari arcade games using the value iteration method
  • Discover how to deal with discrete and continuous action spaces in various environments

Reinforcement Learning (RL) is the trending and most promising branch of artificial intelligence. This Learning Path will help you master not only the basic reinforcement learning algorithms but also the advanced deep reinforcement learning algorithms.

The Learning Path starts with an introduction to Reinforcement Learning followed by OpenAI Gym, and TensorFlow. You will then explore various RL algorithms and concepts, such as Markov Decision Process, Monte Carlo methods, and dynamic programming, including value and policy iteration. As you make your way through the book, you'll work on various datasets including image, text, and video. This example-rich guide will introduce you to deep reinforcement learning algorithms, such as Dueling DQN, DRQN, A3C, PPO, and TRPO. You will gain experience in several domains, including gaming, image processing, and physical simulations. You'll explore technologies such as TensorFlow and OpenAI Gym to implement deep learning reinforcement learning algorithms that also predict stock prices, generate natural language, and even build other neural networks. You will also learn about imagination-augmented agents, learning from human preference, DQfD, HER, and many more of the recent advancements in reinforcement learning.

By the end of the Learning Path, you will have all the knowledge and experience needed to implement reinforcement learning and deep reinforcement learning in your projects, and you will be all set to enter the world of artificial intelligence to solve various problems in real-life.

This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Hands-On Reinforcement Learning with Python by Sudharsan Ravichandiran
  • Python Reinforcement Learning Projects by Sean Saito, Yang Wenzhuo, and Rajalingappaa Shanmugamani
  • Your entry point into the world of artificial intelligence using the power of Python
  • An example-rich guide to master various RL and DRL algorithms
  • Explore the power of modern Python libraries to gain confidence in building self-trained applications
Page Count 496
Course Length 14 hours 52 minutes
ISBN 9781838649777
Date Of Publication 17 Apr 2019


Sudharsan Ravichandiran

Sudharsan Ravichandiran is a data scientist, researcher, Artificial Intelligence enthusiast, and YouTuber (search for "Sudharsan reinforcement learning"). He completed his Bachelor's in Information Technology at Anna University. His area of research focuses on practical implementations of deep learning and reinforcement learning, including Natural Language Processing and computer vision. He is an open source contributor and loves answering questions on Stack Overflow. He also authored a best-seller, Hands-On Reinforcement Learning with Python, published by Packt Publishing.

Sean Saito

Sean Saito is the youngest ever Machine Learning Developer at SAP and the first bachelor hired for the position. He currently researches and develops machine learning algorithms that automate financial processes. He graduated from Yale-NUS College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours), where he explored unsupervised feature extraction for his thesis. Having a profound interest in hackathons, Sean represented Singapore during Data Science Game 2016, the largest student data science competition. Before attending university in Singapore, Sean grew up in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Boston.

Rajalingappaa Shanmugamani

Rajalingappaa Shanmugamani is currently working as an Engineering Manager for a Deep learning team at Kairos. Previously, he worked as a Senior Machine Learning Developer at SAP, Singapore and worked at various startups in developing machine learning products. He has a Masters from Indian Institute of Technology—Madras. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and submitted applications for several patents in the area of machine learning. In his spare time, he coaches programming and machine learning to school students and engineers.

Yang Wenzhuo

Yang Wenzhuo works as a Data Scientist at SAP, Singapore. He got a bachelor's degree in computer science from Zhejiang University in 2011 and a Ph.D. in machine learning from the National University of Singapore in 2016. His research focuses on optimization in machine learning and deep reinforcement learning. He has published papers on top machine learning/computer vision conferences including ICML and CVPR, and operations research journals including Mathematical Programming.