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"pre-reqs" for Foundations of Deep Reinforcement Learning

 
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Hi, I wondered if you would recommend any background reading prior to reading/using the Foundations book (?)  Comfortable with Python but new to RL.  Thanks.
 
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Hi Henry,

Thanks for your question.

Our book is intended as a first introduction to RL, so it's completely fine not to have any experience with RL.

Python is the main pre-requisite since we assume an intermediate level of Python programming throughout the text.

In addition to Python, we recommend having a basic familiarity with machine learning and deep learning. It also helps to have some experience with PyTorch, but it isn't necessary.

If you'd like a quick introduction to PyTorch and deep learning all in one go, then PyTorch's 60 minute blitz tutorial is a great place to start.
https://pytorch.org/tutorials/beginner/deep_learning_60min_blitz.html

If you're interested in going into more depth then we recommend Michael Nielsen's excellent book  "Neural Networks and Deep Learning". It's well written, concise, and gives great intuition.
http://neuralnetworksanddeeplearning.com/index.html

Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Cheers,
Laura
 
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