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Varieties of Learning automata: An Overview

Thathachar, MLA and Sastry, PS (2002) Varieties of Learning automata: An Overview. In: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, 32 (6). pp. 711-722.


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Automata models of learning systems introduced in the 1960s were popularized as learning automata (LA) in a survey paper 1974 [1]. Since then, there have been many fundamental advances in the theory as well as applications of these learning models. In the past few years, the structure of LA, has been modified in several directions to suit different applications. Concepts such as parameterized learning automata (PLA), generalized learning,automata (GLA), and continuous action-set learning automata (CALA) have been proposed, analyzed, and applied to solve many significant learning problems. Furthermore, groups of LA forming teams and feedforward networks have been shown to converge to desired solutions under appropriate learning algorithms. Modules of LA have been used for parallel operation with consequent increase in speed of convergence. All of these concepts and results are relatively new and are scattered in technical literature. An attempt has been made in this paper to bring together the main ideas involved in a unified framework and provide pointers to relevant references.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B
Publisher: IEEE
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Keywords: Continuous action-set learning automata (CALA);Generalized learning automata (GLA);Modules of learning automata;Parameterized learning automata (PLA);Teams and networks of learning automata
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/5011

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