Machine Learning (Theory)

6/24/2006

Online convex optimization at COLT

Tags: Machine Learning,Online,Papers jl@ 2:07 pm

At ICML 2003, Marty Zinkevich proposed the online convex optimization setting and showed that a particular gradient descent algorithm has regret O(T0.5) with respect to the best predictor where T is the number of rounds. This seems to be a nice model for online learning, and there has been some significant follow-up work.

At COLT 2006 Elad Hazan, Adam Kalai, Satyen Kale, and Amit Agarwal presented a modification which takes a Newton step guaranteeing O(log T) regret when the first and second derivatives are bounded. Then they applied these algorithms to portfolio management at ICML 2006 (with Robert Schapire) yielding some very fun graphs.

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