🏗️ Memory API

Code: slm_lab/agent/memory

Memory is a class for data storage and access consistent with the RL agent API, i.e. implementing update and sample methods. The underlying data format is numpy, which can efficiently be put into PyTorch tensors using shared memory via torch.from_numpy. There are two types of memory in RL:

For off-policy algorithms

  • Replay

  • PrioritizedReplay

For on-policy algorithms:

  • OnPolicyReplay

  • OnPolicyBatchReplay

Reinforcement Learning (RL) agents learn by acting in environments. Each time an agent acts, it stores <s, a, s', r>, the state, action taken, next state, and reward received, as an experience in memory.

RL algorithms vary in the way they make use of past experiences, for example by sampling batches from the last N experiences the agent has had or by using all the experiences gathered since the agent was last trained.

Since RL agent trains based on the time steps/experience collected, the signal for training comes from the memory class in memory.to_train. That is, the memory class sets self.to_train = True when it is time to train.

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