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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 Umut Z

Nov 23, 2019

Great content and instructors. Could use some more programming assignments.

By Max R

Sep 17, 2020

Great fundamental course, although it requires a good grasp on mathematics

By Opas S

Jul 2, 2020

Great course. Provide the book that can use during learning in the course.


Nov 4, 2019

Clearly explained! Highly organized! Abundant Rewards!

Thank you so much!!!

By Helani W

Sep 28, 2020

Great course to follow!

Really valuable content with a great explanation!

By Sugun S

Jun 8, 2020

Beautiful insights into the Basics of Reinforcement Learning techniques.

By Art H

Apr 8, 2020

Very good instructors. Relevant assignments. Follows the book closely.

By John J

Apr 5, 2020

This is the best fundamental course available on reinforcement learning.

By Jay U

Jan 19, 2020

Very well designed course on the fundamentals of reinforcement learning.

By Enrique A

Dec 21, 2019

Awesome. Concepts are easy-to-digest and the explanations are masterful!

By Linggih S

Dec 8, 2019

challenging and fun. I understand better from the programming assignment

By Rui W

Oct 6, 2020

great material and explanation. no brainer to take the rest all courses


May 14, 2020

Excellent course, highly recommended to gain a solid foundation in RL.

By Mathis V E

Jan 13, 2020

Good course, very clear introduction to relatively difficult concepts.

By Chad R

Dec 16, 2019

great course. follows a good RL textbook that covers the fundamentals

By Wei J

Sep 16, 2020

It is very useful and interesting for me to learn RL basic knowledge.

By Jorge S M L

Jul 29, 2020

A very complete course, which covers the mathematical background well

By Dariel P R

Aug 1, 2021

Fast and practical going through reiforcement learning. Excellent!!

By swakshar D

Apr 15, 2020

this course is awesome. especially the quizzes they gave, are great.

By Hankyeol K

Nov 5, 2019

Nice programming assignments. They make me understand really better.

By Pranjalya T

Jun 15, 2020

Wonderfully explained. Love the read first and then watch approach.

By Farzad E b

Jul 17, 2022

I honestly think it was one of the best course I've ever enrolled.


Jul 8, 2020

Great learning Experience and really helpful lecturers and staff.

By Alexander P

Sep 29, 2019

Nice introduction into RL with good practical examples in Python.

By Pawel P

Aug 7, 2019

I've enjoyed it. It pushes me to do stuff and not to cut corners.