Title

A Theoretical Foundation of Goal Representation Heuristic Dynamic Programming

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

12-1-2016

Abstract

Goal representation heuristic dynamic programming (GrHDP) control design has been developed in recent years. The control performance of this design has been demonstrated in several case studies, and also showed applicable to industrial-scale complex control problems. In this paper, we develop the theoretical analysis for the GrHDP design under certain conditions. It has been shown that the internal reinforcement signal is a bounded signal and the performance index can converge to its optimal value monotonically. The existence of the admissible control is also proved. Although the GrHDP control method has been investigated in many areas before, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of presenting the theoretical foundation of the internal reinforcement signal and how such an internal reinforcement signal can provide effective information to improve the control performance. Numerous simulation studies are used to validate the theoretical analysis and also demonstrate the effectiveness of the GrHDP design.

Publication Title

IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

Volume

27

Issue

12

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