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title: RL Reliability
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sdk: gradio
sdk_version: 3.19.1
app_file: app.py
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  - evaluate
  - metric
description: >-
  Computes the RL reliability metrics from a set of experiments. There is an
  `"online"` and `"offline"` configuration for evaluation.

Metric Card for RL Reliability

Metric Description

The RL Reliability Metrics library provides a set of metrics for measuring the reliability of reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms.

How to Use

import evaluate
import numpy as np

rl_reliability = evaluate.load("rl_reliability", "online")
results = rl_reliability.compute(
    timesteps=[np.linspace(0, 2000000, 1000)],
    rewards=[np.linspace(0, 100, 1000)]

rl_reliability = evaluate.load("rl_reliability", "offline")
results = rl_reliability.compute(
    timesteps=[np.linspace(0, 2000000, 1000)],
    rewards=[np.linspace(0, 100, 1000)]


  • timesteps (List[int]): For each run a an list/array with its timesteps.
  • rewards (List[float]): For each run a an list/array with its rewards.


  • baseline="default" (Union[str, float]) Normalization used for curves. When "default" is passed the curves are normalized by their range in the online setting and by the median performance across runs in the offline case. When a float is passed the curves are divided by that value.
  • eval_points=[50000, 150000, ..., 2000000] (List[int]) Statistics will be computed at these points
  • freq_thresh=0.01 (float) Frequency threshold for low-pass filtering.
  • window_size=100000 (int) Defines a window centered at each eval point.
  • window_size_trimmed=99000 (int) To handle shortened curves due to differencing
  • alpha=0.05 (float)The "value at risk" (VaR) cutoff point, a float in the range [0,1].

Output Values

In "online" mode:

  • HighFreqEnergyWithinRuns: High Frequency across Time (DT)
  • IqrWithinRuns: IQR across Time (DT)
  • MadWithinRuns: 'MAD across Time (DT)
  • StddevWithinRuns: Stddev across Time (DT)
  • LowerCVaROnDiffs: Lower CVaR on Differences (SRT)
  • UpperCVaROnDiffs: Upper CVaR on Differences (SRT)
  • MaxDrawdown: Max Drawdown (LRT)
  • LowerCVaROnDrawdown: Lower CVaR on Drawdown (LRT)
  • UpperCVaROnDrawdown: Upper CVaR on Drawdown (LRT)
  • LowerCVaROnRaw: Lower CVaR on Raw
  • UpperCVaROnRaw: Upper CVaR on Raw
  • IqrAcrossRuns: IQR across Runs (DR)
  • MadAcrossRuns: MAD across Runs (DR)
  • StddevAcrossRuns: Stddev across Runs (DR)
  • LowerCVaROnAcross: Lower CVaR across Runs (RR)
  • UpperCVaROnAcross: Upper CVaR across Runs (RR)
  • MedianPerfDuringTraining: Median Performance across Runs

In "offline" mode:

  • MadAcrossRollouts: MAD across rollouts (DF)
  • IqrAcrossRollouts: IQR across rollouts (DF)
  • LowerCVaRAcrossRollouts: Lower CVaR across rollouts (RF)
  • UpperCVaRAcrossRollouts: Upper CVaR across rollouts (RF)
  • MedianPerfAcrossRollouts: Median Performance across rollouts


First get the sample data from the repository:

wget https://storage.googleapis.com/rl-reliability-metrics/data/tf_agents_example_csv_dataset.tgz
tar -xvzf tf_agents_example_csv_dataset.tgz

Load the sample data:

dfs = [pd.read_csv(f"./csv_data/sac_humanoid_{i}_train.csv") for i in range(1, 4)]

Compute the metrics:

rl_reliability = evaluate.load("rl_reliability", "online")
rl_reliability.compute(timesteps=[df["Metrics/EnvironmentSteps"] for df in dfs],
                       rewards=[df["Metrics/AverageReturn"] for df in dfs])

Limitations and Bias

This implementation of RL reliability metrics does not compute permutation tests to determine whether algorithms are statistically different in their metric values and also does not compute bootstrap confidence intervals on the rankings of the algorithms. See the original library for more resources.


  title = {Measuring the Reliability of Reinforcement Learning Algorithms},
  author = {Stephanie CY Chan, Sam Fishman, John Canny, Anoop Korattikara, and Sergio Guadarrama},
  booktitle = {International Conference on Learning Representations, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia},
  year = 2020,

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