Taming decentralized POMDPs: Towards efficient policy computation for multiagent settings

R. Nair, M. Tambe, M. Yokoo, D. Pynadath, S. Marsella

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The problem of deriving joint policies for a group of agents that maximize some joint reward function can be modeled as a decentralized partially observable Markov decision process (POMDP). Yet, despite the growing importance and applications of decentralized POMDP models in the multiagents arena, few algorithms have been developed for efficiently deriving joint policies for these models. This paper presents a new class of locally optimal algorithms called "Joint Equilibrium-based search for policies (JESP)". We first describe an exhaustive version of JESP and subsequently a novel dynamic programming approach to JESP. Our complexity analysis reveals the potential for exponential speedups due to the dynamic programming approach. These theoretical results are verified via empirical comparisons of the two JESP versions with each other and with a globally optimal brute-force search algorithm. Finally, we prove piece-wise linear and convexity (PWLC) properties, thus taking steps towards developing algorithms for continuous belief states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-711
Number of pages7
JournalIJCAI International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IJCAI 2003 - Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: Aug 9 2003Aug 15 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence


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