Collaborative Learning with Limited Interaction: Tight Bounds for Distributed Exploration in Multi-Armed Bandits (Qin Zhang)


Best arm identification (or, pure exploration) in multi-armed bandits is a fundamental problem in machine learning. In this paper we study the distributed version of this problem where we have multiple agents, and they want to learn the best arm collaboratively. We want to quantify the power of collaboration under limited interaction (or, communication steps), as interaction is expensive in many settings. We measure the running time of a distributed algorithm as the speedup over the best centralized algorithm where there is only one agent. We give almost tight round-speedup tradeoffs for this problem, along which we develop several new techniques for proving lower bounds on the number of communication steps under time or confidence constraints.
Joint work with Chao Tao and Yuan Zhou


2019-05-20   10:00 ~ 11:00   


Qin Zhang, Indiana University Bloomington


Room 602, School of Information Management & Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics