Logarithmic Regret for Online Control

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32 (NeurIPS 2019)

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Naman Agarwal, Elad Hazan, Karan Singh


<p>We study optimal regret bounds for control in linear dynamical systems under adversarially changing strongly convex cost functions, given the knowledge of transition dynamics. This includes several well studied and influential frameworks such as the Kalman filter and the linear quadratic regulator. State of the art methods achieve regret which scales as T^0.5, where T is the time horizon. </p> <p>We show that the optimal regret in this fundamental setting can be significantly smaller, scaling as polylog(T). This regret bound is achieved by two different efficient iterative methods, online gradient descent and online natural gradient.</p>