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Unsupervised Skill Discovery for Learning Shared Structures across Changing Environments

Sang-Hyun Lee · Seung-Woo Seo

Exhibit Hall 1 #521
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Learning shared structures across changing environments enables an agent to efficiently retain obtained knowledge and transfer it between environments. A skill is a promising concept to represent shared structures. Several recent works proposed unsupervised skill discovery algorithms that can discover useful skills without a reward function. However, they focused on discovering skills in stationary environments or assumed that a skill being trained is fixed within an episode, which is insufficient to learn and represent shared structures. In this paper, we introduce a new unsupervised skill discovery algorithm that discovers a set of skills that can represent shared structures across changing environments. Our algorithm trains incremental skills and encourages a new skill to expand state coverage obtained with compositions of previously learned skills. We also introduce a skill evaluation process to prevent our skills from containing redundant skills, a common issue in previous work. Our experimental results show that our algorithm acquires skills that represent shared structures across changing maze navigation and locomotion environments. Furthermore, we demonstrate that our skills are more useful than baselines on downstream tasks.

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