Pagoda: A Model for Autonomous Learning in Probabilistic Domains
My Ph.D. dissertation describes PAGODA (probabilistic autonomous goal-directed agent), a model for an intelligent agent that learns autonomously in domains containing uncertainty. The ultimate goal of this line of research is to develop intelligent problem-solving and planning systems that operate in complex domains, largely function autonomously, use whatever knowledge is available to them, and learn from their experience. PAGODA was motivated by two specific requirements: The agent should be capable of operating with minimal intervention from humans, and it should be able to cope with uncertainty (which can be the result of inaccurate sensors, a nondeterministic environment, complexity, or sensory limitations). I argue that the principles of probability theory and decision theory can be used to build rational agents that satisfy these requirements.
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