Task 2: BlockWorld and Q-learning

Henwas' trouble even greater

You sure remember our poor fella Henwas. Since last time, he grew only older and the memory does not serve him as before. Unfortunately, this translates into him making mistakes during moving the crates.

Once again, he turns to you for help. He wants you to prescribe for him what to do in any situation, should he suddenly forget the plan. In another words, he wants you to give him a policy.

Your Job

Download task2_qlearning.zip. Once again, you are given a BlockWorld problem. Only now, there is a chance that the moved block is put somewhere else. For example:

$ python blockworld.py

state = [[1], [3, 4], [2]]
actions = [(1, 3), (1, 2), (3, 0), (3, 1), (3, 2), (2, 1), (2, 3)]

<from> <to>: 3 2
state = [[3, 1], [4], [2]]
Here, the block 3 should have been moved to 2, but instead ended up on 1.

In student.py, you'll find the following:

from blockworld import BlockWorldEnv
import random
class QLearning():
	# don't modify the methods' signatures!
	def __init__(self, env: BlockWorldEnv):
		self.env = env
	def train(self):
		# Use BlockWorldEnv to simulate the environment with reset() and step() methods.
		# s = self.env.reset()
		# s_, r, done = self.env.step(a)
	def act(self, s):
		random_action = random.choice( s[0].get_actions() )
		return random_action

Implement Q-learning algorithm in train(). The act(s) method should return a single action to perform in the given state. To simulate the environment, use reset() and step(a) methods of the given BlockWorldEnv.

The reset() method randomly chooses a new state and goal and returns them as a tuple (state, goal). The step(a) method performs the action and returns an updated state in form of (new_state, goal), reward and a termination flag. To get available actions, call state.get_actions().

Note that your algorithm has to react to all possible combination of states and goals. You can assume that number of blocks will be less or equal to 4.

Hint: You can use Python's dictionary get(key, default_value) method to get a stored value, or the default_value if the key is not present.


Upload your solution (only student.py) into Brute, where it will be evaluated automatically.

First, train() method of your class is called and given 30 seconds to perform Q-learning. Second, it is evaluated on 1000 instances, each with a limit of 50 steps and a time limit of 5 seconds for all of them together.

You will gain 10 points, if you perform comparatively to the reference solution, and 0 points if you perform close or worse than random. For your information, the reference solutions solves 100% of problems with 5 steps on average. Random sampling solves about 30% of problems with about 20 steps on average.

Note: You don't have to measure the time of your train() method, the evaluation script will automatically terminate it when 30 seconds elapse. All what you compute in the alloted time and save within your class is then used in the evaluation. However, the evaluation is considered unsuccessful if you exceed 5 seconds, and zero points are awarded in that case.

Note: You are supposed to implement Q-learning and we will randomly check your solutions.

courses/b4b36zui/tasks/task2-2021.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/30 20:14 by janisjar