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Adaptive Transformers in RL

Official implementation of Adaptive Transformers in RL

In this work we replicate several results from Stabilizing Transformers for RL on both Pong and rooms_select_nonmatching_object from DMLab30.

We also extend the Stable Transformer architecture with Adaptive Attention Span on a partially observable (POMDP) setting of Reinforcement Learning. To our knowledge this is one of the first attempts to stabilize and explore Adaptive Attention Span in an RL domain.

Steps to replicate what we did on your own machine

  1. Downloading DMLab:

  2. Downloading Atari: Getting Started with Gym– http://gym.openai.com/docs/#getting-started-with-gym

  3. Execution notes:

  • The experiments take around 4 hours on 32vCPUs and 2 P100 GPUs for 6 million environment interactions. To run without a GPU, use the flag “--disable_cuda”.
  • For more details on other flags, see the top of train.py (include a link to this file) which has descriptions for each.
  • All experiments use a slightly revised version of IMPALA from torchbeast

Snippets

Best performing adaptive attention span model on “rooms_select_nonmatching_object”:

python train.py --total_steps 20000000 \
--learning_rate 0.0001 --unroll_length 299 --num_buffers 40 --n_layer 3 \
--d_inner 1024 --xpid row85 --chunk_size 100 --action_repeat 1 \
--num_actors 32 --num_learner_threads 1 --sleep_length 20 \
--level_name rooms_select_nonmatching_object --use_adaptive \
--attn_span 400 --adapt_span_loss 0.025 --adapt_span_cache

Best performing Stable Transformer on Pong:

python train.py --total_steps 10000000 \
--learning_rate 0.0004 --unroll_length 239 --num_buffers 40 \
--n_layer 3 --d_inner 1024 --xpid row82 --chunk_size 80 \
--action_repeat 1 --num_actors 32 --num_learner_threads 1 \
--sleep_length 5 --atari True

Best performing Stable Transformer on “rooms_select_nonmatching_object”:

python train.py --total_steps 20000000 \
--learning_rate 0.0001 --unroll_length 299 \
--num_buffers 40 --n_layer 3 --d_inner 1024 \
--xpid row79 --chunk_size 100 --action_repeat 1 \
--num_actors 32 --num_learner_threads 1 --sleep_length 20 \
--level_name rooms_select_nonmatching_object  --mem_len 200

Reference

If you find this repository useful, do cite it with,

@article{kumar2020adaptive,
    title={Adaptive Transformers in RL},
    author={Shakti Kumar and Jerrod Parker and Panteha Naderian},
    year={2020},
    eprint={2004.03761},
    archivePrefix={arXiv},
    primaryClass={cs.LG}
}