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A Hierarchical System of Learning Automata

Thathachar, MAL and Ramakrishnan, KR (1981) A Hierarchical System of Learning Automata. In: IEEE Transactions On Systems, Man, And Cybernetics,, 11 (3). pp. 236-241.

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Abstract

A learning automaton operating in a random environment updates its action probabilities on the basis of the reactions of the environment, so that asymptotically it chooses the optimal action. When the number of actions is large the automaton becomes slow because there are too many updatings to be made at each instant. A hierarchical system of such automata with assured c-optimality is suggested to overcome that problem.The learning algorithm for the hierarchical system turns out to be a simple modification of the absolutely expedient algorithm known in the literature. The parameters of the algorithm at each level in the hierarchy depend only on the parameters and the action probabilities of the previous level. It follows that to minimize the number of updatings per cycle each automaton in the hierarchy need have only two or three actions.

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Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Manjula Kadadallimath
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 05:00
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/21488

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