Online Non-Convex Optimization with Imperfect Feedback

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Authors

Amélie Héliou, Matthieu Martin, Panayotis Mertikopoulos, Thibaud Rahier

Abstract

We consider the problem of online learning with non-convex losses. In terms of feedback, we assume that the learner observes – or otherwise constructs – an inexact model for the loss function encountered at each stage, and we propose a mixed-strategy learning policy based on dual averaging. In this general context, we derive a series of tight regret minimization guarantees, both for the learner’s static (external) regret, as well as the regret incurred against the best dynamic policy in hindsight. Subsequently, we apply this general template to the case where the learner only has access to the actual loss incurred at each stage of the process. This is achieved by means of a kernel-based estimator which generates an inexact model for each round’s loss function using only the learner’s realized losses as input.