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Probabilities & Expectations, basic linear algebra, basic calculus, Python 3.0 (at least 1 year), implementing algorithms from pseudocode

Approx. 28 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)Machine LearningReinforcement LearningFunction ApproximationIntelligent Systems
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Intermediate Level

Probabilities & Expectations, basic linear algebra, basic calculus, Python 3.0 (at least 1 year), implementing algorithms from pseudocode

Approx. 28 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to the Course!

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 10 min), 2 readings
2 videos
Meet your instructors!8m
2 readings
Reinforcement Learning Textbook10m
Read Me: Pre-requisites and Learning Objectives10m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Monte Carlo Methods for Prediction & Control

4 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 58 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Using Monte Carlo for Prediction6m
Using Monte Carlo for Action Values2m
Using Monte Carlo methods for generalized policy iteration2m
Solving the Blackjack Example3m
Epsilon-soft policies5m
Why does off-policy learning matter?4m
Importance Sampling4m
Off-Policy Monte Carlo Prediction5m
Emma Brunskill: Batch Reinforcement Learning12m
Week 1 Summary3m
2 readings
Weekly Reading40m
Chapter Summary40m
1 practice exercise
Graded Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Temporal Difference Learning Methods for Prediction

6 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Rich Sutton: The Importance of TD Learning6m
The advantages of temporal difference learning5m
Comparing TD and Monte Carlo5m
Andy Barto and Rich Sutton: More on the History of RL12m
Week 2 Summary2m
1 reading
Weekly Reading40m
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

8 hours to complete

Temporal Difference Learning Methods for Control

8 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Sarsa in the Windy Grid World3m
What is Q-learning?3m
Q-learning in the Windy Grid World3m
How is Q-learning off-policy?4m
Expected Sarsa3m
Expected Sarsa in the Cliff World3m
Generality of Expected Sarsa1m
Week 3 Summary2m
2 readings
Weekly Reading40m
Chapter summary40m
1 practice exercise
Practice Quiz30m

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About the Reinforcement Learning Specialization

The Reinforcement Learning Specialization consists of 4 courses exploring the power of adaptive learning systems and artificial intelligence (AI). Harnessing the full potential of artificial intelligence requires adaptive learning systems. Learn how Reinforcement Learning (RL) solutions help solve real-world problems through trial-and-error interaction by implementing a complete RL solution from beginning to end. By the end of this Specialization, learners will understand the foundations of much of modern probabilistic artificial intelligence (AI) and be prepared to take more advanced courses or to apply AI tools and ideas to real-world problems. This content will focus on “small-scale” problems in order to understand the foundations of Reinforcement Learning, as taught by world-renowned experts at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Science. The tools learned in this Specialization can be applied to game development (AI), customer interaction (how a website interacts with customers), smart assistants, recommender systems, supply chain, industrial control, finance, oil & gas pipelines, industrial control systems, and more....
Reinforcement Learning

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