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Point-Based Value Iteration for Continuous POMDPs

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Point-Based Value Iteration for Continuous POMDPs
We propose a novel approach to optimize Partially Observable Markov Decisions Processes (POMDPs) defined on continuous spaces. To date, most algorithms for model-based POMDPs are restricted to discrete states, actions, and observations, but many real-world problems such as, for instance, robot navigation, are naturally defined on continuous spaces. In this work, we demonstrate that the value function for continuous POMDPs is convex in the beliefs over continuous state spaces, and piecewise-linear convex for the particular case of discrete observations and actions but still continuous states. We also demonstrate that continuous Bellman backups are contracting and isotonic ensuring the monotonic convergence of value-iteration algorithms. Relying on those properties, we extend the PERSEUS algorithm, originally developed for discrete POMDPs, to work in continuous state spaces by representing the observation, transition, and reward models using Gaussian mixtures, and the beliefs using Gaus...
Josep M. Porta, Nikos A. Vlassis, Matthijs T. J. S
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Type Journal
Year 2006
Where JMLR
Authors Josep M. Porta, Nikos A. Vlassis, Matthijs T. J. Spaan, Pascal Poupart
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