Reinforcement Learning Repository at MSU

Topics: Applications to Shaping

"The technique of shaping is used in training animals; a teacher presents very simple problems to solve first, then gradually exposes the learner to more complex problems. Shaping has been used in supervised-learning systems, and can be used to train hierarchical reinforcement-learning systems from the bottom up, and to alleviate problems of delayed reinforcement by decreasing the delay until the problem is well understood." (Kaelbling, Littman, and Moore, 1996)