Linear Bandits on Uniformly Convex Sets

Thomas Kerdreux, Christophe Roux, Alexandre d'Aspremont, Sebastian Pokutta

Linear bandit algorithms yield $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(n\sqrt{T})$ pseudo-regret bounds on compact convex action sets $\mathcal{K}\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ and two types of structural assumptions lead to better pseudo-regret bounds. When $\mathcal{K}$ is the simplex or an $\ell_p$ ball with $p\in]1,2]$, there exist bandits algorithms with $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(\sqrt{nT})$ pseudo-regret bounds. Here, we derive bandit algorithms for some strongly convex sets beyond $\ell_p$ balls that enjoy pseudo-regret bounds of $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(\sqrt{nT})$, which answers an open question from [BCB12, \S 5.5.]. Interestingly, when the action set is uniformly convex but not necessarily strongly convex, we obtain pseudo-regret bounds with a dimension dependency smaller than $\mathcal{O}(\sqrt{n})$. However, this comes at the expense of asymptotic rates in $T$ varying between $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(\sqrt{T})$ and $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(T)$.

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