453132 (5) [Avatar] Offline
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I just bought the book and have liked the content so far, thank you. Two questions:

1. How soon will the other chapters be released? Can you please provide a rough timeline?

2. Udacity has released a Deep RL Nanodegree. Can you please give your opinion whether it would be worth it? Here is the link: https://in.udacity.com/course/deep-reinforcement-learning-nanodegree--nd893
Brandon B (9) [Avatar] Offline
#2
We're glad you're enjoying the book so far!

The goal is to release approximately one new chapter each month.

I think if you're following along with the book and not finding it too challenging, then you won't need a course. The book covers the core topics in reinforcement learning but also exposes you to a lot of other areas (e.g. evolutionary methods) that will give you the skills to jump into any other areas you want.
441935 (4) [Avatar] Offline
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Are you going to cover multi-agent applications as well?
madpower2000 (16) [Avatar] Offline
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While waiting for the publication of the rest of the book, I personally enjoy "Deep Reinforcement Learning Hands-On: Apply modern RL methods, with deep Q-networks, value iteration, policy gradients, TRPO, AlphaGo Zero and more" - June 21 , 2018 by Maxim Lapan, despite fact it was published by Packt smilie It’s cover almost of all the topics promised by authors of this book.

I also recommend RL Course by David Silver (on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?reload=9&list=PLzuuYNsE1EZAXYR4FJ75jcJseBmo4KQ9-) and more advanced course CS294-112 at UC Berkeley (http://rail.eecs.berkeley.edu/deeprlcourse/resources/#prevoffs) (you also can find all lectures on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkFD6_40KJIznC9CDbVTjAF2oyt8_VAe3)
Brandon B (9) [Avatar] Offline
#5
441935 wrote:Are you going to cover multi-agent applications as well?


Unfortunately, we do not plan to cover multi-agent reinforcement learning. Do you have an application in mind?
592114 (2) [Avatar] Offline
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is there any new timeline available for the other chapters, great read so far !
any introduction or examples about multiagents would be greatly appreciated!
Brandon B (9) [Avatar] Offline
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592114 wrote:is there any new timeline available for the other chapters, great read so far !
any introduction or examples about multiagents would be greatly appreciated!


We should have the next chapter out in the next 2 weeks. I say tentatively we're hoping to catch up on our slow pace and get out 2 chapters in January and hopefully have all chapters out by February.
342961 (1) [Avatar] Offline
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Any updates? Is it still the plan to get most of it out by the next month?
Brandon B (9) [Avatar] Offline
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342961 wrote:Any updates? Is it still the plan to get most of it out by the next month?


We have 3 chapters that are basically done and are being edited, reviewed and prepared for MEAP, which will come out as soon as they're ready in the next few weeks. The last 2 or 3 chapters may not make it out until late March. Once all chapters are released in MEAP, we will spend time to edit all of the chapters before final print publication (based on MEAP and reviewer feedback as well as to prepare professional-looking figures instead of our current draft figures).