Action control, forward models and expected rewards: representations in reinforcement learning

Synthese 199 (5-6):14017-14033 (2021)
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Abstract

The fundamental cognitive problem for active organisms is to decide what to do next in a changing environment. In this article, we analyze motor and action control in computational models that utilize reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms. In reinforcement learning, action control is governed by an action selection policy that maximizes the expected future reward in light of a predictive world model. In this paper we argue that RL provides a way to explicate the so-called action-oriented views of cognitive systems in representational terms.

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Jesse Kuokkanen
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