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About the Course

In this course, you will learn about several algorithms that can learn near optimal policies based on trial and error interaction with the environment---learning from the agent’s own experience. Learning from actual experience is striking because it requires no prior knowledge of the environment’s dynamics, yet can still attain optimal behavior. We will cover intuitively simple but powerful Monte Carlo methods, and temporal difference learning methods including Q-learning. We will wrap up this course investigating how we can get the best of both worlds: algorithms that can combine model-based planning (similar to dynamic programming) and temporal difference updates to radically accelerate learning. By the end of this course you will be able to: - Understand Temporal-Difference learning and Monte Carlo as two strategies for estimating value functions from sampled experience - Understand the importance of exploration, when using sampled experience rather than dynamic programming sweeps within a model - Understand the connections between Monte Carlo and Dynamic Programming and TD. - Implement and apply the TD algorithm, for estimating value functions - Implement and apply Expected Sarsa and Q-learning (two TD methods for control) - Understand the difference between on-policy and off-policy control - Understand planning with simulated experience (as opposed to classic planning strategies) - Implement a model-based approach to RL, called Dyna, which uses simulated experience - Conduct an empirical study to see the improvements in sample efficiency when using Dyna...

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Aug 12, 2020

Great course, giving it 5 stars though it deserves both because the assignments have some serious issues that shouldn't actually be a matter. All the other parts are amazing though. Good job


Jan 10, 2020

Really great resource to follow along the RL Book. IMP Suggestion: Do not skip the reading assignments, they are really helpful and following the videos and assignments becomes easy.

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By Rudi C

Jul 21, 2020

Wonderful course, highly instructive, and follows the textbook!

By Rajesh

Jul 02, 2020

Please make assignments more explanatory and allow flexiblity

By David P

Nov 03, 2019

Really a wonderful course! Very professional and high level.

By Teresa Y B

Apr 10, 2020

Very well structured course, Thanks for so nice preparing!!

By Shi Y

Nov 10, 2019


By Alex E

Nov 19, 2019

A fun an interesting course. Keep up the great work!

By Jicheng F

Jul 11, 2020

Martha and Adam are great instructors, great job!

By garcia b

Dec 31, 2019

very copacetic. excellent complement to the book

By Ignacio O

Oct 13, 2019

Great, informative and very interesting course.

By Ashish S

Sep 16, 2019

A good course with proper Mathematical insights

By Cheuk L Y

Jul 03, 2020

Very good overall! It takes time to digest.


Jan 15, 2020

A nice course with well-designed homework:)

By Jingxin X

May 27, 2020

Very helpful follow up tot he first one.

By Sriram R

Oct 21, 2019

Well done mix of theory and practice!

By Luiz C

Sep 13, 2019

Great Course. Every aspect top notch

By Alejandro D

Sep 19, 2019

Excellent content and delivery.

By Bekay K

Jul 05, 2020

Great resource to learning RL


Jun 01, 2020

Great Course by great faculty!

By Daniel W

Jul 18, 2020

Hard but a really good course

By Pachi C

Dec 08, 2019

Great and fantastic course!!!

By rashid K

Nov 12, 2019

Best RL course ever done

By Eleni F

Mar 15, 2020

i really enjoy it!


Aug 07, 2020

Brilliant Course!

By Julio E F

Jun 29, 2020

Amazing course!