Minimizing Dynamic Regret and Adaptive Regret Simultaneously

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Lijun Zhang, Shiyin Lu, Tianbao Yang ;
Proceedings of the Twenty Third International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 108:309-319, 2020.

Abstract

Regret minimization is treated as the golden rule in the traditional study of online learning. However, regret minimization algorithms tend to converge to the static optimum, thus being suboptimal for changing environments. To address this limitation, new performance measures, including dynamic regret and adaptive regret have been proposed to guide the design of online algorithms. The former one aims to minimize the global regret with respect to a sequence of changing comparators, and the latter one attempts to minimize every local regret with respect to a fixed comparator. Existing algorithms for dynamic regret and adaptive regret are developed independently, and only target one performance measure. In this paper, we bridge this gap by proposing novel online algorithms that are able to minimize the dynamic regret and adaptive regret simultaneously. In fact, our theoretical guarantee is even stronger in the sense that one algorithm is able to minimize the dynamic regret over any interval.

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