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Bandit Multiclass Linear Classification: Efficient Algorithms for the Separable Case

Alina Beygelzimer · David Pal · Balazs Szorenyi · Devanathan Thiruvenkatachari · Chen-Yu Wei · Chicheng Zhang

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Keywords: [ Online Learning ] [ Bandits ]

Abstract: We study the problem of efficient online multiclass linear classification with bandit feedback, where all examples belong to one of $K$ classes and lie in the $d$-dimensional Euclidean space. Previous works have left open the challenge of designing efficient algorithms with finite mistake bounds when the data is linearly separable by a margin $\gamma$. In this work, we take a first step towards this problem. We consider two notions of linear separability: strong and weak. 1. Under the strong linear separability condition, we design an efficient algorithm that achieves a near-optimal mistake bound of $O\left(\frac{K}{\gamma^2} \right)$. 2. Under the more challenging weak linear separability condition, we design an efficient algorithm with a mistake bound of $2^{\widetilde{O}(\min(K \log^2 \frac{1}{\gamma}, \sqrt{\frac{1}{\gamma}} \log K))}$. Our algorithm is based on kernel Perceptron, which is inspired by the work of Klivans & Servedio (2008) on improperly learning intersection of halfspaces.

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