Policy Invariance under Reward Transformations for General-Sum Stochastic Games

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X. Lu
H. M. Schwartz
S. N. Givigi


We extend the potential-based shaping method from Markov decision processes to multi-player general-sum stochastic games. We prove that the Nash equilibria in a stochastic game remains unchanged after potential-based shaping is applied to the environment. The property of policy invariance provides a possible way of speeding convergence when learning to play a stochastic game.

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