Online Learning with a Hint

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 30 (NIPS 2017)

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Authors

Ofer Dekel, arthur flajolet, Nika Haghtalab, Patrick Jaillet

Abstract

<p>We study a variant of online linear optimization where the player receives a hint about the loss function at the beginning of each round. The hint is given in the form of a vector that is weakly correlated with the loss vector on that round. We show that the player can benefit from such a hint if the set of feasible actions is sufficiently round. Specifically, if the set is strongly convex, the hint can be used to guarantee a regret of O(log(T)), and if the set is q-uniformly convex for q\in(2,3), the hint can be used to guarantee a regret of o(sqrt{T}). In contrast, we establish Omega(sqrt{T}) lower bounds on regret when the set of feasible actions is a polyhedron.</p>