Workshop: Complex feedback in online learning

Optimal Parameter-free Online Learning with Switching Cost

Zhiyu Zhang · Ashok Cutkosky · Ioannis Paschalidis


Parameter-freeness in online learning refers to the adaptivity of an algorithm with respect to the optimal decision in hindsight. In this paper, we design such algorithms in the presence of switching cost - the latter penalizes the optimistic updates required by parameter-freeness, leading to a delicate design trade-off. Based on a novel dual space scaling strategy, we propose a simple yet powerful algorithm for Online Linear Optimization (OLO) with switching cost, which improves the existing suboptimal regret bound (Zhang et al., 2022a) to the optimal rate. The obtained benefit is extended to the expert setting, and the practicality of our algorithm is demonstrated through a sequential investment task.

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