Cart Pole#
This environment is part of the Classic Control environments. Please read that page first for general information.
Action Space 
Discrete(2) 
Observation Shape 
(4,) 
Observation High 
[4.8 inf 0.42 inf] 
Observation Low 
[4.8 inf 0.42 inf] 
Import 

Description#
This environment corresponds to the version of the cartpole problem described by Barto, Sutton, and Anderson in “Neuronlike Adaptive Elements That Can Solve Difficult Learning Control Problem”. A pole is attached by an unactuated joint to a cart, which moves along a frictionless track. The pendulum is placed upright on the cart and the goal is to balance the pole by applying forces in the left and right direction on the cart.
Action Space#
The action is a ndarray
with shape (1,)
which can take values {0, 1}
indicating the direction
of the fixed force the cart is pushed with.
Num 
Action 

0 
Push cart to the left 
1 
Push cart to the right 
Note: The velocity that is reduced or increased by the applied force is not fixed and it depends on the angle the pole is pointing. The center of gravity of the pole varies the amount of energy needed to move the cart underneath it
Observation Space#
The observation is a ndarray
with shape (4,)
with the values corresponding to the following positions and velocities:
Num 
Observation 
Min 
Max 

0 
Cart Position 
4.8 
4.8 
1 
Cart Velocity 
Inf 
Inf 
2 
Pole Angle 
~ 0.418 rad (24°) 
~ 0.418 rad (24°) 
3 
Pole Angular Velocity 
Inf 
Inf 
Note: While the ranges above denote the possible values for observation space of each element, it is not reflective of the allowed values of the state space in an unterminated episode. Particularly:
The cart xposition (index 0) can be take values between
(4.8, 4.8)
, but the episode terminates if the cart leaves the(2.4, 2.4)
range.The pole angle can be observed between
(.418, .418)
radians (or ±24°), but the episode terminates if the pole angle is not in the range(.2095, .2095)
(or ±12°)
Rewards#
Since the goal is to keep the pole upright for as long as possible, a reward of +1
for every step taken,
including the termination step, is allotted. The threshold for rewards is 475 for v1.
Starting State#
All observations are assigned a uniformly random value in (0.05, 0.05)
Episode End#
The episode ends if any one of the following occurs:
Termination: Pole Angle is greater than ±12°
Termination: Cart Position is greater than ±2.4 (center of the cart reaches the edge of the display)
Truncation: Episode length is greater than 500 (200 for v0)
Arguments#
gym.make('CartPolev1')
No additional arguments are currently supported.