Instance-Sensitive Algorithms for Pure Exploration in Multinomial Logit Bandit

12/02/2020 ∙ by Nikolai Karpov, et al. ∙ 0

Motivated by real-world applications such as fast fashion retailing and online advertising, the Multinomial Logit Bandit (MNL-bandit) is a popular model in online learning and operations research, and has attracted much attention in the past decade. However, it is a bit surprising that pure exploration, a basic problem in bandit theory, has not been well studied in MNL-bandit so far. In this paper we give efficient algorithms for pure exploration in MNL-bandit. Our algorithms achieve instance-sensitive pull complexities. We also complement the upper bounds by an almost matching lower bound.

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