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RLang: A Declarative Language for Describing Partial World Knowledge to Reinforcement Learning Agents

Rafael A Rodriguez-Sanchez · Benjamin Spiegel · Jennifer Wang · Roma Patel · Stefanie Tellex · George Konidaris

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Abstract: We introduce RLang, a domain-specific language (DSL) for communicating domain knowledge to an RL agent. Unlike existing RL DSLs that ground to $\textit{single}$ elements of a decision-making formalism (e.g., the reward function or policy), RLang can specify information about every element of a Markov decision process. We define precise syntax and grounding semantics for RLang, and provide a parser that grounds RLang programs to an algorithm-agnostic $\textit{partial}$ world model and policy that can be exploited by an RL agent. We provide a series of example RLang programs demonstrating how different RL methods can exploit the resulting knowledge, encompassing model-free and model-based tabular algorithms, policy gradient and value-based methods, hierarchical approaches, and deep methods.

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