This paper studies the adversarial graphical contextual bandits, a variant of adversarial multi-armed bandits that leverage two categories of the most common side information: contexts and side observations. In this setting, a learning agent repeatedly chooses from a set of K actions after being presented with a d-dimensional context vector. The agent not only incurs and observes the loss of the chosen action, but also observes the losses of its neighboring actions in the observation structures, which are encoded as a series of feedback graphs. This setting models a variety of applications in social networks, where both contexts and graph-structured side observations are available. Two efficient algorithms are developed based on EXP3. Under mild conditions, our analysis shows that for undirected feedback graphs the first algorithm, EXP3-LGC-U, achieves a sub-linear regret with respect to the time horizon and the average independence number of the feedback graphs. A slightly weaker result is presented for the directed graph setting as well. The second algorithm, EXP3-LGC-IX, is developed for a special class of problems, for which the regret is the same for both directed as well as undirected feedback graphs. Numerical tests corroborate the efficiency of proposed algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2021
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781713835974
StatePublished - 2021
Event35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Feb 2 2021Feb 9 2021

Publication series

Name35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2021


Conference35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2021
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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