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# Coordination without communication: optimal regret in two players multi-armed bandits

*Proceedings of Thirty Third Conference on Learning Theory*, PMLR 125:916-939, 2020.

#### Abstract

We consider two agents playing simultaneously the same stochastic three-armed bandit problem. The two agents are cooperating but they cannot communicate. Under the assumption that shared randomness is available, we propose a strategy with no collisions at all between the players (with very high probability), and with near-optimal regret $O(\sqrt{T \log(T)})$. We also argue that the extra logarithmic term $\sqrt{\log(T)}$ should be necessary by proving a lower bound for a full information variant of the problem.