OpenAI launches Gym, a toolkit for testing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms

OpenAI, the nonprofit artificial intelligence research company established last year with backing from several Silicon Valley figures, today announced its first product: a proving ground for algorithms for reinforcement learning, which involves training machines to do things based on trial and error. OpenAI is releasing tools you can run locally to test out algorithms in various “environments” — including Atari games like Air Raid, Breakout, and Ms. Pacman — and a Web service for sharing test results. The system automatically scores evaluations and also seeks to have results reviewed and reproduced by other people. “We originally built OpenAI Gym as a tool to accelerate our own RL research. We hope it will be just as useful for the broader community,” OpenAI’s Greg Brockman and John Schulman wrote in a blog…


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