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Activity Number: 83
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, July 30, 2017 : 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Learning and Data Science
Abstract #323040
Title: Sufficient Markov Decision Processes with Alternating Deep Neural Networks
Author(s): Longshaokan Wang* and Eric Laber and Katie Witkiewitz
Companies: North Carolina State University and North Carolina State University and University of New Mexico
Keywords: Markov Decision Processes ; Dimension Reduction ; Deep Learning ; Reinforcement Learning ; Mobile Health ; Sufficient Statistics

Advances in mobile computing technologies have made it possible to monitor and apply data-driven interventions across complex systems in real time. Markov decision processes (MDPs) are the primary model for sequential decision problems with a large or indefinite time horizon. Choosing a representation of the underlying decision process that is both Markov and low-dimensional is non-trivial. We propose a method for constructing a low-dimensional representation of the original decision process for which: 1. the MDP model holds; 2. a decision strategy that maximizes mean utility when applied to the low-dimensional representation also maximizes mean utility when applied to the original process. We use a deep neural network to define a class of potential process representations and estimate the process of lowest dimension within this class. The method is illustrated using data from a mobile study on heavy drinking and smoking among college students.

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