A learning automaton (LA) is an automaton that interacts with a random environment, having as its goal the task of learning the optimal action based on its acquired experience. Many learning automata (LAs) have been proposed, with the class of estimator algorithms being among the fastest ones. Thathachar and Sastry, through the pursuit algorithm, introduced the concept of learning algorithms that pursue the current optimal action, following a reward-penalty learning philosophy. Later, Oommen and Lanctǒt extended the pursuit algorithm into the discretized world by presenting the discretized pursuit algorithm, based on a reward-inaction learning philosophy. In this paper we argue that the reward-penalty and reward-inaction learning paradigms in conjunction with the continuous and discrete models of computation, lead to four versions of pursuit learning automata. We contend that a scheme that merges the pursuit concept with the most recent response of the environment, permits the algorithm to utilize the LAs long-term and short, term perspectives of the environment. In this paper, we present all four resultant pursuit algorithms, prove the ε-optimality of the newly introduced algorithms, and present a quantitative comparison between them.

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Keywords Adaptive learning, Estimator-based algorithm, Learning automata
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/3477.931507
Journal IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics
Oommen, J, & Agache, M. (Mariana). (2001). Continuous and discretized pursuit learning schemes: Various algorithms and their comparison. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, 31(3), 277–287. doi:10.1109/3477.931507