Mar 27, 2013

Updated Draft of Paper on Newcomblike Problems


This article discusses the family of Newcomblike problems in the context of reinforcement learning. This reframes the problem of rational decision making as one of obtaining maximal rewards in a wide range of environments. Newcomblike problems are characterized by correlations between agent and environment policies. Such correlations are likely if the environment contains other agents with similar architectures, which is a realistic assumption in practice. An optimal policy, taking into account these correlations, is given for known environments. 


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