Mirror Descent and the Information Ratio

Abstract

We establish a connection between the stability of mirror descent and the information ratio by Russo and Van Roy [2014]. Our analysis shows that mirror descent with suitable loss estimators and exploratory distributions enjoys the same bound on the adversarial regret as the bounds on the Bayesian regret for information-directed sampling. Along the way, we develop the theory for information-directed sampling and provide an efficient algorithm for adversarial bandits for which the regret upper bound matches exactly the best known information-theoretic upper bound.

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