An evaluation suite for multi-agent reinforcement learning

Here we introduce Melting Pot, a scalable evaluation suite for multi-agent reinforcement learning. Melting Pot assesses generalization to novel social situations involving both familiar and unfamiliar individuals, and has been designed to test a broad range of social interactions such as: co-operation, competition, deception, reciprocation, trust, stubbornness and so on. Melting Pot offers researchers a set of 21 MARL “substrates” (multi-agent games) on which to train agents, and over 85 unique test scenarios on which to evaluate them. The resulting score can then be used to rank different multi-agent RL algorithms by their ability to generalise to novel social situations. We hope Melting Pot will become a standard benchmark for multi-agent reinforcement learning. We plan to maintain it, and will be extending it in the coming years to cover more social interactions and generalisation scenarios.

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