Low-rank Tensor Bandits

Abstract

In recent years, multi-dimensional online decision making has been playing a crucial role in many practical applications such as online recommendation and digital marketing. To solve it, we introduce stochastic low-rank tensor bandits, a class of bandits whose mean rewards can be represented as a low-rank tensor. We propose two learning algorithms, tensor epoch-greedy and tensor elimination, and develop finite-time regret bounds for them. We observe that tensor elimination has an optimal dependency on the time horizon, while tensor epoch-greedy has a sharper dependency on tensor dimensions. Numerical experiments further back up these theoretical findings and show that our algorithms outperform various state-of-the-art approaches that ignore the tensor low-rank structure.

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