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Combinatorial Bandits for Maximum Value Reward Function under Value-Index Feedback

Yiliu Wang · Wei Chen · Milan Vojnovic

Halle B #185
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Tue 7 May 1:45 a.m. PDT — 3:45 a.m. PDT

Abstract: We investigate the combinatorial multi-armed bandit problem where an action is to select $k$ arms from a set of base arms, and its reward is the maximum of the sample values of these $k$ arms, under a weak feedback structure that only returns the value and index of the arm with the maximum value. This novel feedback structure is much weaker than the semi-bandit feedback previously studied and is only slightly stronger than the full-bandit feedback, and thus it presents a new challenge for the online learning task. We propose an algorithm and derive a regret bound for instances where arm outcomes follow distributions with finite supports. Our algorithm introduces a novel concept of biased arm replacement to address the weak feedback challenge, and it achieves a distribution-dependent regret bound of $O((k/\Delta)\log(T))$ and a distribution-independent regret bound of $\tilde{O}(\sqrt{T})$, where $\Delta$ is the reward gap and $T$ is the time horizon. Notably, our regret bound is comparable to the bounds obtained under the more informative semi-bandit feedback. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm through experimental results.

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