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# Dimension-Free Bounds for Chasing Convex Functions

; 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.