Keywords: Multi-armed bandits, Thompson sampling, meta learning, diffusion model, uncertainty
TL;DR: We show that diffusion model can be used to learn the prior of Bayesian approaches for online decision making, with the notable example of Thompson sampling
Abstract: In this work, we investigate the possibility of using denoising diffusion models to learn priors for online decision making problems. Our special focus is on the meta-learning for bandit framework, with the goal of learning a strategy that performs well across bandit tasks of a same class. To this end, we train a diffusion model that learns the underlying task distribution and combine Thompson sampling with the learned prior to deal with new task at test time. Our posterior sampling algorithm is designed to carefully balance between the learned prior and the noisy observations that come from the learner's interaction with the environment. Preliminary experiments clearly demonstrate the potential of the considered approach.
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