Bandit Multiclass Linear Classification: Efficient Algorithms for the Separable Case

Alina Beygelzimer, Dávid Pál, Balázs Szörényi, Devanathan Thiruvenkatachari, Chen-Yu Wei, Chicheng Zhang

We study the problem of efficient online multiclass linear classification with bandit feedback, where all examples belong to one of $K$ classes and lie in the $d$-dimensional Euclidean space. Previous works have left open the challenge of designing efficient algorithms with finite mistake bounds when the data is linearly separable by a margin $\gamma$. In this work, we take a first step towards this problem. We consider two notions of linear separability: strong and weak. 1. Under the strong linear separability condition, we design an efficient algorithm that achieves a near-optimal mistake bound of $O\left( K/\gamma^2 \right)$. 2. Under the more challenging weak linear separability condition, we design an efficient algorithm with a mistake bound of $\min (2^{\widetilde{O}(K \log^2 (1/\gamma))}, 2^{\widetilde{O}(\sqrt{1/\gamma} \log K)})$. Our algorithm is based on kernel Perceptron, which is inspired by the work of (Klivans and Servedio, 2008) on improperly learning intersection of halfspaces.

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