Dimension-Free Bounds for Chasing Convex Functions

C.J. Argue, Anupam Gupta, Guru Guruganesh
; Proceedings of Thirty Third Conference on Learning Theory, PMLR 125:219-241, 2020.

Abstract

We consider the problem of chasing convex functions, where functions arrive over time. The player takes actions after seeing the function, and the goal is to achieve a small function cost for these actions, as well as a small cost for moving between actions. While the general problem requires a polynomial dependence on the dimension, we show how to get dimension-independent bounds for well-behaved functions. In particular, we consider the case where the convex functions are $\kappa$-well-conditioned, and give an algorithm that achieves an $O(\sqrt \kappa)$-competitiveness. Moreover, when the functions are supported on $k$-dimensional affine subspaces—e.g., when the function are the indicators of some affine subspaces—we get $O(\min(k, \sqrt{k \log T}))$-competitive algorithms for request sequences of length $T$. We also show some lower bounds, that well-conditioned functions require $\Omega(\kappa^{1/3})$-competitiveness, and $k$-dimensional functions require $\Omega(\sqrt{k})$-competitiveness.

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BibTeX
@InProceedings{pmlr-v125-argue20a, title = {Dimension-Free Bounds for Chasing Convex Functions}, author = {Argue, C.J. and Gupta, Anupam and Guruganesh, Guru}, pages = {219--241}, year = {2020}, editor = {Jacob Abernethy and Shivani Agarwal}, volume = {125}, series = {Proceedings of Machine Learning Research}, address = {}, month = {09--12 Jul}, publisher = {PMLR}, pdf = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v125/argue20a/argue20a.pdf}, url = {http://proceedings.mlr.press/v125/argue20a.html}, abstract = { We consider the problem of chasing convex functions, where functions arrive over time. The player takes actions after seeing the function, and the goal is to achieve a small function cost for these actions, as well as a small cost for moving between actions. While the general problem requires a polynomial dependence on the dimension, we show how to get dimension-independent bounds for well-behaved functions. In particular, we consider the case where the convex functions are $\kappa$-well-conditioned, and give an algorithm that achieves an $O(\sqrt \kappa)$-competitiveness. Moreover, when the functions are supported on $k$-dimensional affine subspaces—e.g., when the function are the indicators of some affine subspaces—we get $O(\min(k, \sqrt{k \log T}))$-competitive algorithms for request sequences of length $T$. We also show some lower bounds, that well-conditioned functions require $\Omega(\kappa^{1/3})$-competitiveness, and $k$-dimensional functions require $\Omega(\sqrt{k})$-competitiveness.} }
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%0 Conference Paper %T Dimension-Free Bounds for Chasing Convex Functions %A C.J. Argue %A Anupam Gupta %A Guru Guruganesh %B Proceedings of Thirty Third Conference on Learning Theory %C Proceedings of Machine Learning Research %D 2020 %E Jacob Abernethy %E Shivani Agarwal %F pmlr-v125-argue20a %I PMLR %J Proceedings of Machine Learning Research %P 219--241 %U http://proceedings.mlr.press %V 125 %W PMLR %X We consider the problem of chasing convex functions, where functions arrive over time. The player takes actions after seeing the function, and the goal is to achieve a small function cost for these actions, as well as a small cost for moving between actions. While the general problem requires a polynomial dependence on the dimension, we show how to get dimension-independent bounds for well-behaved functions. In particular, we consider the case where the convex functions are $\kappa$-well-conditioned, and give an algorithm that achieves an $O(\sqrt \kappa)$-competitiveness. Moreover, when the functions are supported on $k$-dimensional affine subspaces—e.g., when the function are the indicators of some affine subspaces—we get $O(\min(k, \sqrt{k \log T}))$-competitive algorithms for request sequences of length $T$. We also show some lower bounds, that well-conditioned functions require $\Omega(\kappa^{1/3})$-competitiveness, and $k$-dimensional functions require $\Omega(\sqrt{k})$-competitiveness.
APA
Argue, C., Gupta, A. & Guruganesh, G.. (2020). Dimension-Free Bounds for Chasing Convex Functions. Proceedings of Thirty Third Conference on Learning Theory, in PMLR 125:219-241

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