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Investigation of Intrinsic Motivation


Intrinsic motivation refers to being driven to perform by an internal mechanism. In human terms, intrinsic motivation leads an agent to engage in exploration, play, and other behavior driven by curiosity in the absence of an explicit reward (Singh et al. 2005). The goal of this research is to investigate intrinsic learning algorithms and characterize
their performance within the structure of a game. Within the parameters of the experiment, it is shown that a learning algorithm driven by an optimal mix of seeking predictable versus novel situations can yield performance exceptionally close to that of a supervised optimal system.

D. DeAngelis. Investigation of Intrinsic Motivation. Technical Report. TR2007-UT-LIPS-009, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2005.

Dave DeAngelis,
Jun 4, 2009, 1:51 PM