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Policy search is a subfield of Reinforcement Learning (RL) that focuses on finding good parameters for a given policy parameterization. It is well suited tor robotics as it can cope with high-dimensional state and action spaces, which is one of the main challenges in robot learning. A Survey on Policy Search for Robotics reviews recent successes of both model-free and model-based policy search in robot learning. Model-free policy search is a general approach to learn policies based on sampled trajectories. This text classifies model-free methods based on their policy evaluation, policy update, and exploration strategies, and presents a unified view of existing algorithms. Learning a policy is often easier than learning an accurate forward model, and, hence, model-free methods are more frequently used in practice. However, for each sampled trajectory, it is necessary to interact with the robot, which can be time consuming and challenging in practice. Model-based policy search addresses this problem by first learning a simulator of the robot's dynamics from data. Subsequently, the simulator generates trajectories that are used for policy learning. For both model-free and model-based policy search methods, A Survey on Policy Search for Robotics reviews their respective properties and their applicability to robotic systems. It is an invaluable reference for anyone working in the area.
<b>A complete, hands-on guide to the use of statistical methods for obtaining reliable and practical survey research</b> <p> <p> <i>Applied Survey Methods</i> provides a comprehensive outline of the complete survey process, from design to publication. Filling a gap in the current literature, this one-of-a-kind book describes both the theory and practical applications of survey research with an emphasis on the statistical aspects of survey methods. <p> The book begins with a brief historic overview of survey research methods followed by a discussion that details the needed first steps for carrying out a survey, including the definition of a target population, the selection of a sampling frame, and the outline of a questionnaire with several examples that include common errors to avoid in the wording of questions. Throughout the book, the author provides an accessible discussion on the methodological problems that are associated with the survey process, outlining real data and examples while also providing insight on the future of survey research. Chapter coverage explores the various aspects of the survey process and the accompanying numerical techniques, including: <ul> <li> <div>Simple and composite sampling designs</div> <li> <div>Estimators</div> <li> <div>Data collection and editing</div> <li> <div>The quality of results</div> <li> <div>The non-response problem</div> <li> <div>Weighting adjustments and methods</div> <li> <div>Disclosure control</div> </ul> <p> The final chapter addresses the growing popularity of Web surveys, and the associated methodological problems are discussed, including solutions to common pitfalls. Exercises are provided throughout with selected answers included at the end of the book, while a related Web site features additional solutions to exercises and a downloadable demo version of the Blaise system of computer-assisted interviewing. Access to the freely available SimSam software is also available on the related Web site and provides readers with the tools needed to simulate samples from finite populations as well as visualize the effects of sample size, non-response, and the use of different estimation procedures. <p> <i>Applied Survey Methods</i> is an excellent book for courses on survey research and non-response in surveys at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also a useful reference for practicing statisticians and survey methodologists who work in both government and private research sectors.
The Bible is not written in chronological order. That is, if you read through the Bible from cover to cover, you'll jump around through different periods of history. And some events are repeated in different books, written by different authors, to different audiences, and for different purposes. This is one of the things that can make the Bible seem difficult or confusing. Being able to place the events you are reading about in their correct historical context helps you understand what you're reading. In 15 lessons, we're going to walk through the pages of history to gain a better perspective on how the parts of the Bible flow as one continuous storyline of what God is doing in the world. This Bible Surveyor Handbook provides an easy-to-understand overview of the entire Bible. At the end of each lesson, there are two suggested reading tracks: one for beginners who want to survey the Bible and one for intermediate students who want to explore the Bible more thoroughly. In addition, the suggested readings for each lesson may be downloaded in a convenient chart that can be printed and inserted in your Bible. You may download your free PDF of "101 Readings to Survey the Bible" or "Bible Explorer Readings" at www.ChristyBower.com in the "Downloads" section. And you never know what else you might find there.
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"An enjoyable and easy read, I read it at just the right time in my life - Right before John and I went on our backpacking trip in Canada, which turned out to be the most rugged and challenging hiking I've ever done. I kept thinking about your book and it helped me to see that the difficult parts of the trail were challenges to be met and overcome. Your book is an inspiring and empowering journey to help us take control of our responses to life's lovely chaos and challenges so that we can seize the day!" --Linda Gaveske, RN
"Saign's newest book on ending stress, achieving happiness and restoring calm in all situations is a practical and playful guide that skillfully teaches self-awareness. Simple tips and carefully crafted exercises help readers curb negativity and cultivate positivity in their lives. It is a quick read that has the potential to transform your life! I highly recommend it for adults of all ages."--Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN Director, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH), University of Minnesota
"I was riding my bike the day after finishing Stress Free from Rainy Day Syndrome and noticed I was focused on peddling with all my energy. Suddenly, I could hear Geoff's voice, "Is this what you really want?" My goal was to enjoy a beautiful morning on my bike, not arrive somewhere in a hurry. I slowed down and began to allow myself to be aware. I stopped to let a pedestrian cross the street. I thanked some folks on the sidewalk protesting for social justice. I enjoyed the beauty of flowers planted on the boulevards. In short, I practiced kindness toward myself, which led me to connect to the world around me and to others. Geoff's hard-earned insights into cultivating self-compassion, human decency and mercy is a much needed message to us all." --Helen Wells O'Brien, M.Ed., M.Div. Board Certified Chaplain in a children's hospital
"A practical guide to finding the positives in life, sharing that with others, and strategies to make your rainy days have a bit more sunshine. Such a great reminder of how many things can be so simple. And beautiful." --Megan Ramirez, DO Obstetrician Gynecologist
"Geoff Saign reminds me that taking myself too seriously can spoil potentially fun activities, upset the balance of power between nations, and ultimately doom all life on planet Earth. That's an exaggeration, of course; one of several fun exercises in his new book designed to reframe your point of view and clear the mind for intentional decision-making and productive communication." --Ken Epstein, PhD, researcher & inventor with 35 years of experience working in corporate America
"Simple, straightforward, fun, and easy-to-read--I wish I would have had this book decades ago! A unique and practical way to reduce stress and increase happiness, without stressing over it!" --Dennis J. Grubich, MSSW, LICSW, former Senior Mental Health Therapist, Wilder Foundation
"Mr. Saign's encouraging, no nonsense, G-rated voice shines through this quick read. An amusing, practical guide to cognitive restructuring. Simple tools to change your brain and be more engaged in living!" --Cori M. Hildebrandt, MA LPC, Mediator, Meditator, and Psychotherapist
..".Mr. Saign writes with a compassionate tone and understanding...He beautifully paces education with pragmatic exercises which guides the reader in making anxiety an ally once again."--Joseph E.
The Almagest, by the Greek astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy, is the most important surviving treatise on early mathematical astronomy, offering historians valuable insight into the astronomy and mathematics of the ancient world.
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