[D] Blog post explains various evolution strategies and how they can relate to recent deep RL research
Author: Lilian Weng
Summary: Gradient descent is not the only option when learning optimal model parameters. Evolution Strategies (ES) works out well in the cases where we don’t know the precise analytic form of an objective function or cannot compute the gradients directly. This post dives into several classic ES methods, as well as how ES can be used in deep reinforcement learning.