Online Learning and Decision-Making under Generalized Linear Model with High-Dimensional Data

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lind 305
Mike Wei (University at Buffalo (SUNY))
We propose a minimax concave penalized multi-armed bandit algorithm under generalized linear model (G-MCP-Bandit) for a decision-maker facing high-dimensional data in an online learning and decision-making process. We demonstrate that the G-MCP-Bandit algorithm asymptotically achieves the optimal cumulative regret in the sample size dimension T, O(log T), and further attains a tight bound in the covariates dimension d, O(log d). In addition, we develop a linear approximation method, the 2-step weighted Lasso procedure, to identify the MCP estimator for the G-MCP-Bandit algorithm under non-iid samples. Under this procedure, the MCP estimator matches the oracle estimator with high probability and converges to the true parameters with the optimal convergence rate. Finally, through experiments based on synthetic data and two real datasets, we show that the G-MCP-Bandit algorithm outperforms other benchmark algorithms, especially when there is a high level of data sparsity or the decision set is large.