Abstract of FKI-158-91

Document-Name:  FKI-158-91 (not available via ftp)
Title:          Action-Oriented Learning in Classifier Systems
Authors:	Gerhard Weiss
Revision-Date:  1991
Category:       Technical Report (Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz)
Abstract:       This paper explores an action-oriented perspective of learning
                in classifier systems. Three variants of the bucket brigade 
                (BB) and the profit-sharing plan (PSP) are presented that 
                operate on the action level in the sense that their bidding, 
                firing and strength-modification processes are guided by the
                actions of the classifiers:  the action-oriented bucket 
                brigade 1 (ABB1), the action-oriented bucket brigade 2 (ABB2),
                and the action-oriented profit-sharing plan (APSP). The results
                reported in this paper indicate that the action-oriented 
                perspective leads to an improved learning in classifier 
                systems. Section 1 gives a brief introduction to classifier 
                systems and motivates an action-oriented perspective of 
                learning. Sections 2, 3 and 4 describe the ABB1, the ABB2 and 
                the APSP, respectively, and compare them with the BB and the 
                PSP. Section 5 shows an empirical analysis of the action-
                oriented algorithms. Section 6 concludes with a brief summary 
                of the reported results and some general considerations on 
                learning in adaptive multi--component systems.
Keywords:       Classifier systems, bucket brigade, profit sharing plan, 
                estimated goal relevance, action--oriented learning
Size:           19 pages
Language:       English
ISSN:           0941-6358
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Gerhard Weiss