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# Efficient and robust algorithms for adversarial linear contextual bandits

; Proceedings of Thirty Third Conference on Learning Theory, PMLR 125:3049-3068, 2020.

#### Abstract

We consider an adversarial variant of the classic $K$-armed linear contextual bandit problem where the sequence of loss functions associated with each arm are allowed to change without restriction over time. Under the assumption that the $d$-dimensional contexts are generated i.i.d. at random from a known distribution, we develop computationally efficient algorithms based on the classic Exp3 algorithm. Our first algorithm, RealLinExp3, is shown to achieve a regret guarantee of $\widetilde{O}(\sqrt{KdT})$ over $T$ rounds, which matches the best known lower bound for this problem. Our second algorithm, RobustLinExp3, is shown to be robust to misspecification, in that it achieves a regret bound of $\widetilde{O}((Kd)^{1/3}T^{2/3}) + \varepsilon \sqrt{d} T$ if the true reward function is linear up to an additive nonlinear error uniformly bounded in absolute value by $\varepsilon$. To our knowledge, our performance guarantees constitute the very first results on this problem setting.