Distributed Thompson Sampling

Jing Dong, Tan Li, Shaolei Ren, Linqi Song

We study a cooperative multi-agent multi-armed bandits with M agents and K arms. The goal of the agents is to minimized the cumulative regret. We adapt a traditional Thompson Sampling algoirthm under the distributed setting. However, with agent's ability to communicate, we note that communication may further reduce the upper bound of the regret for a distributed Thompson Sampling approach. To further improve the performance of distributed Thompson Sampling, we propose a distributed Elimination based Thompson Sampling algorithm that allow the agents to learn collaboratively. We analyse the algorithm under Bernoulli reward and derived a problem dependent upper bound on the cumulative regret.

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