Regret Lower Bound and Optimal Algorithm in Dueling Bandit Problem


Junpei Komiyama, Junya Honda, Hisashi Kashima, Hiroshi Nakagawa ;
Proceedings of The 28th Conference on Learning Theory, PMLR 40:1141-1154, 2015.


We study the K-armed dueling bandit problem, a variation of the standard stochastic bandit problem where the feedback is limited to relative comparisons of a pair of arms. We introduce a tight asymptotic regret lower bound that is based on the information divergence. An algorithm that is inspired by the Deterministic Minimum Empirical Divergence algorithm (Honda and Takemura, 2010) is proposed, and its regret is analyzed. The proposed algorithm is found to be the first one with a regret upper bound that matches the lower bound. Experimental comparisons of dueling bandit algorithms show that the proposed algorithm significantly outperforms existing ones.

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