JACIII Vol.28 No.2 pp. 393-402
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2024.p0393

Research Paper:

Estimating Objective Weights of Pareto-Optimal Policies for Multi-Objective Sequential Decision-Making

Akiko Ikenaga and Sachiyo Arai ORCID Icon

Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chiba University
1-33 Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8522, Japan

Corresponding author

June 19, 2023
December 4, 2023
March 20, 2024
multi-objective reinforcement learning, multi-objective Markov decision process, inverse reinforcement learning, order of preference

Sequential decision-making under multiple objective functions includes the problem of exhaustively searching for a Pareto-optimal policy and the problem of selecting a policy from the resulting set of Pareto-optimal policies based on the decision maker’s preferences. This paper focuses on the latter problem. In order to select a policy that reflects the decision maker’s preferences, it is necessary to order these policies, which is problematic because the decision-maker’s preferences are generally tacit knowledge. Furthermore, it is difficult to order them quantitatively. For this reason, conventional methods have mainly been used to elicit preferences through dialogue with decision-makers and through one-to-one comparisons. In contrast, this paper proposes a method based on inverse reinforcement learning to estimate the weight of each objective from the decision-making sequence. The estimated weights can be used to quantitatively evaluate the Pareto-optimal policies from the viewpoints of the decision-makers preferences. We applied the proposed method to the multi-objective reinforcement learning benchmark problem and verified its effectiveness as an elicitation method of weights for each objective function.

Cite this article as:
A. Ikenaga and S. Arai, “Estimating Objective Weights of Pareto-Optimal Policies for Multi-Objective Sequential Decision-Making,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.28 No.2, pp. 393-402, 2024.
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