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About the Course

Reinforcement Learning is a subfield of Machine Learning, but is also a general purpose formalism for automated decision-making and AI. This course introduces you to statistical learning techniques where an agent explicitly takes actions and interacts with the world. Understanding the importance and challenges of learning agents that make decisions is of vital importance today, with more and more companies interested in interactive agents and intelligent decision-making. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of Reinforcement Learning. When you finish this course, you will: - Formalize problems as Markov Decision Processes - Understand basic exploration methods and the exploration/exploitation tradeoff - Understand value functions, as a general-purpose tool for optimal decision-making - Know how to implement dynamic programming as an efficient solution approach to an industrial control problem This course teaches you the key concepts of Reinforcement Learning, underlying classic and modern algorithms in RL. After completing this course, you will be able to start using RL for real problems, where you have or can specify the MDP. This is the first course of the Reinforcement Learning Specialization....

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Jul 6, 2020

An excellent introduction to Reinforcement Learning, accompanied by a well-organized & informative handbook. I definitely recommend this course to have a strong foundation in Reinforcement Learning.


Apr 7, 2020

This course is one of the best I've learned so far in coursera. The explanations are clear and concise enough. It took a while for me to understand Bellman equation but when I did, it felt amazing!

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By Mengyong L

Aug 1, 2020

Pretty complex but really useful! I had to go through each video twice to get a good understanding of the topic

By Prudhvinath R

Dec 3, 2019

Everything is explained in detail. The theory behind each logistic is clearly explained by both the Professors.

By Ofir E

Mar 20, 2020

An amazing course! It really has a high level and follows a coursebook just as a good university course would.

By seyed h m

Sep 28, 2019

To have the best performance in the course, read the related textbook sections at the beginning of each week.

By anmar a

Apr 15, 2020

Simple and straight to the point. Great course for understanding the fundamentals of reinforcement learning.

By Justin S

Oct 6, 2019

Great class! Learned a lot with two really fun and enthusiastic professors. Looking forward to the next one.

By Sidali N

Jan 23, 2023

Great introduction course. The videos help with grasping the different concepts presented in the Textbook.

By Ivan M

Jul 11, 2020

That is awesome! The most interesting area of knowledge & engineering, the top quality education material!

By Selvaraj M

Apr 25, 2020

Very well organized and well thought videos, quiz and best of all coding assignment. Very impressive. A+++

By Nosaybeh A P

Jun 25, 2021

best python course ever!!! I will use RL methods for my feature paper, Thanks Dear Coursera and Dr.White.

By Weihan S

Mar 21, 2021

Really really good course. Well organized for beginners but end with depth and right amount of practices.

By Shahryar R

Feb 21, 2021

Great introduction to reinforcement learning as someone without prior in-depth machine learning exposure.

By Yoshua A N C

Jan 18, 2021

Really well prepared course. Concise, well explained, nice exercises. Looking forward to the next one!

By Tong Z

Oct 3, 2019

Good course in coherence with the book by Sutton and Barto (2018)! Better than reading the book alone.


Jan 5, 2020

A great introduction to RL. It provides ton of materials and makes everything clear at the same time.

By Louis H

Feb 23, 2021

I really appreciated the contents as well as the pedagogical efforts, this is outstanding teaching !


Jun 27, 2021

Great course. You can get the mathematical background of reinforcemet learning through this course

By Michel D

Dec 13, 2020

Great class with short focussed videos that highlight key concepts, perfect complement to the book!

By S. K G P

May 1, 2020

It is a perfect, engaging and very information course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot!!

By Omer A

Aug 15, 2022

Super interesting, the most understandable explanations for concepts I've struggled with before.

By shivansh n

Sep 21, 2020

Its tougher than the other courses I have taken on ML and DL. Provides a solid foundation for RL

By MIN H H _

Sep 4, 2020

Very informative and challenging for beginners who are starting to learn Reinforcement Learning.

By Lik M C

Jan 2, 2020

It is a great course! The concepts are elaborated very clear. The materials are well prepared.

By Christos P

Dec 11, 2019

Great reading material and videos. The assignments really help to better understand the theory.


May 2, 2021

Excellent way of teaching and good assignments. Had a lot of fun and learnt a lot too! Thanks!