TY - CHAP A1 - Jim Dowling A2 - Seif Haridi ED1 - Cornelius Weber ED2 - Mark Elshaw ED3 - Norbert Michael Mayer Y1 - 2008-01-01 PY - 2008 T1 - Decentralized Reinforcement Learning for the Online Optimization of Distributed Systems N2 - Brains rule the world, and brain-like computation is increasingly used in computers and electronic devices. Brain-like computation is about processing and interpreting data or directly putting forward and performing actions. Learning is a very important aspect. This book is on reinforcement learning which involves performing actions to achieve a goal. The first 11 chapters of this book describe and extend the scope of reinforcement learning. The remaining 11 chapters show that there is already wide usage in numerous fields. Reinforcement learning can tackle control tasks that are too complex for traditional, hand-designed, non-learning controllers. As learning computers can deal with technical complexities, the tasks of human operators remain to specify goals on increasingly higher levels. This book shows that reinforcement learning is a very dynamic area in terms of theory and applications and it shall stimulate and encourage new research in this field. BT - Reinforcement Learning SP - Ch. 8 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/5279 DO - 10.5772/5279 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2022-05-27 ER -