While we are overwhelmed by the benefits and instances of Artificial Learning, a new learning type has emerged from the amalgamation of machine learning (ML) and AI. This is one of the most talked about topic in ML among data scientists and researchers. The next big step is Reinforced Learning or simply RL. This is another type of machine learning with a whole new approach of understanding algorithms. With huge number of applications and usage in the present age, this is becoming popular as the time is progressing.
It is also an essential part of Artificial Intelligence. Reinforced Learning is another type of learning methodology besides supervised, unsupervised and the evolving semi-supervised learning. Many manufacturing companies and firms are using these algorithms for sorting and delivering products to their millions of customers, which is one of its many applications in today’s industry.
What is Reinforced Learning and How does it Work?
It is basically a set of algorithms that allows machines to self-determine the specific behavior in a particular context. If explained in scientific terms, it is achieved by exploring the actions available from an environment of a particular kind. It is used to learn to reach to a specific environment. It is one of the data intensive techniques like deep learning, which uses strong algorithms to obtain a particular solution. Advantages of using these algorithms are reduced risk, more efficiency, improving speed, robustness and precision.
It is said to be inspired by behavioral psychology. So, the reinforced learning algorithm gets constant feedback from the source or the user. An RL agent is used to test the actions of the environment and get a feedback for how that environment acts. An RL agent is the one that take actions). This feedback is then used to construct a map along the lines of the input.
I have always been a lover of dogs, to make it more elaborate let us take an example related to a dog. Consider training a dog that gets reward if it does what is told to and is given a punishment if it does not. So, after some observation dog figures out that when it gets reward and when a punishment from the action of his human parent. The same is the case with reinforced learning assessment, in which a machine or maybe a robot plays the role of a dog in getting trained from the environment.
Applications of Reinforced Learning
Reinforced Learning has to be there wherever there is Artificial Intelligence. So it is bound to have many interesting applications. Here are some of them:
With increasing competition, companies are implementing RL agents to discover the product delivery patterns of their customers. Tesla is another huge corporation to use these techniques for reducing risk of manufacturing defects. This has become a highly researched area in today’s time.
Electrical Power Industry
RL(Reinforced learning) is primarily used to overcome many distribution related problems faced in this industry. Its applications are more focused on creating online voltage levels of power grids. It is also used to develop an autonomous power control system. This creates an efficient system and can carry a huge amount of load and voltage. This field has a good future in this area of ML.
Finance sector is one of the most persistent sectors in the world. Few companies use these algorithms. Reinforced learning can also be used to develop an automatic trading mechanism. Many companies are applying this technology in Hedge Funds management. More of its applications are under research right now. Reinforced learning proves to be a promising player in this industry.
It is quite clear till now that reinforced learning is directly linked to Artificial Intelligence and robotics. It is one of the most promising applications in machine learning. Real world challenges are a good challenge for reinforced learning. New algorithms are being researched and implemented extensively in the fields related to humanoids. Some of these algorithms have provided promising results and is a positive indicator of development in this area.
Advertising and Media
Reinforced Learning is also used to create real time online advertisement display systems. Decision service is a new system by Microsoft, which is used in content advertising and recommendation. It is also used to find new users and emerging markets which ultimately bring money to the advertiser or marketing company.
Reinforced learning has changed the way we think, act and develop the real world solutions. After its discovery, many new fields have emerged which were once considered too complicated and unapproachable with previous techniques of computer based solutions. Scientists are keen to apply these algorithms and revolutionize the machine learning. The future perspectives are going to be better than ever with the application of reinforced learning.