Estimating Internal Variables and Paramters of a Learning Agent by a Particle Filter

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 16 (NIPS 2003)

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Kazuyuki Samejima, Kenji Doya, Yasumasa Ueda, Minoru Kimura


When we model a higher order functions, such as learning and memory, we face a difficulty of comparing neural activities with hidden variables that depend on the history of sensory and motor signals and the dynam- ics of the network. Here, we propose novel method for estimating hidden variables of a learning agent, such as connection weights from sequences of observable variables. Bayesian estimation is a method to estimate the posterior probability of hidden variables from observable data sequence using a dynamic model of hidden and observable variables. In this pa- per, we apply particle filter for estimating internal parameters and meta- parameters of a reinforcement learning model. We verified the effective- ness of the method using both artificial data and real animal behavioral data.