Research

Graph regret bounds for Thompson Sampling and UCB (With Thodoris Lykouris and Eva Tardos) Accepted at Algorithmic Learning Theory 2020 (http://arxiv.org/abs/1905.09898)

We study the stochastic multi-armed bandit problem with the graph-based feedback structure introduced by Mannor and Shamir. We analyze the performance of the two most prominent stochastic bandit algorithms, Thompson Sampling and Upper Confidence Bound (UCB), in the graph-based feedback setting. We show that these algorithms achieve regret guarantees that combine the graph structure and the gaps between the means of the arm distributions. Surprisingly this holds despite the fact that these algorithms do not explicitly use the graph structure to select arms. Towards this result we introduce a "layering technique" highlighting the commonalities in the two algorithms.