Modelling Human Decision-making based on Aggregate Observation Data

Antti Kangasrääsiö, Samuel Kaski

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Being able to infer the goals, preferences and limitations of humans is of key importance in designing interactive systems. Reinforcement learning (RL) models are a promising direction of research, as they are able to model how the behavioural patterns of users emerge from the task and environment structure. One limitation with traditional inference methods for RL models is the strict requirements for observation data; both the states of the environment and the actions of the agent need to be observed at each step of the task. This has prevented RL models from being used in situations where such fine-grained observations are not available. In this extended abstract we present results from a recent study where we demonstrated how inference can be performed for RL models even when the observation data is significantly more coarse-grained.
The idea is to solve the inverse reinforcement learning (IRL) problem using approximate Bayesian computation sped up with Bayesian optimization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman In The Loop-ML Workshop at ICML
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherHuman in the Loop Machine Learning
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventHuman in the Loop Machine Learning; ICML Workshop - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 201711 Aug 2017


WorkshopHuman in the Loop Machine Learning; ICML Workshop
Abbreviated titleHITL
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