ROI Maximization in Stochastic Online Decision-MakingDownload PDF

Published: 09 Nov 2021, Last Modified: 05 May 2023NeurIPS 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: online learning, regret minimization, action elimination, explore-then-commit
TL;DR: We introduce and analyze a new theoretical framework for return-on-investment maximization in repeated decision-making
Abstract: We introduce a novel theoretical framework for Return On Investment (ROI) maximization in repeated decision-making. Our setting is motivated by the use case of companies that regularly receive proposals for technological innovations and want to quickly decide whether they are worth implementing. We design an algorithm for learning ROI-maximizing decision-making policies over a sequence of innovation proposals. Our algorithm provably converges to an optimal policy in class $\Pi$ at a rate of order $\min\big\{1/(N\Delta^2),N^{-1/3}\}$, where $N$ is the number of innovations and $\Delta$ is the suboptimality gap in $\Pi$. A significant hurdle of our formulation, which sets it aside from other online learning problems such as bandits, is that running a policy does not provide an unbiased estimate of its performance.
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