swMATH ID: 34775
Software Authors: Bharathan Balaji, Jordan Bell-Masterson, Enes Bilgin, Andreas Damianou, Pablo Moreno Garcia, Arpit Jain, Runfei Luo, Alvaro Maggiar, Balakrishnan Narayanaswamy, Chun Ye
Description: ORL: Reinforcement Learning Benchmarks for Online Stochastic Optimization Problems. Reinforcement Learning (RL) has achieved state-of-the-art results in domains such as robotics and games. We build on this previous work by applying RL algorithms to a selection of canonical online stochastic optimization problems with a range of practical applications: Bin Packing, Newsvendor, and Vehicle Routing. While there is a nascent literature that applies RL to these problems, there are no commonly accepted benchmarks which can be used to compare proposed approaches rigorously in terms of performance, scale, or generalizability. This paper aims to fill that gap. For each problem we apply both standard approaches as well as newer RL algorithms and analyze results. In each case, the performance of the trained RL policy is competitive with or superior to the corresponding baselines, while not requiring much in the way of domain knowledge. This highlights the potential of RL in real-world dynamic resource allocation problems.
Homepage: https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.10641
Source Code:  https://github.com/awslabs/or-rl-benchmarks
Related Software: BARON; Ray; Pyomo; OpenAI Gym; OR-Gym; Gurobi
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