Dec 6, 2021
Consider the sequential optimization of a continuous, possibly non-convex, and expensive to evaluate objective function f. The problem can be cast as a Gaussian Process (GP) bandit where f lives in a reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS). The state of the art analysis of several learning algorithms shows a significant gap between the lower and upper bounds on the simple regret performance. When N is the number of exploration trials and γ_N is the maximal information gain, we prove an 𝒪̃(√(γ_N/N)) bound on the simple regret performance of a pure exploration algorithm that is significantly tighter than the existing bounds. We show that this bound is order optimal up to logarithmic factors for the cases where a lower bound on regret is known. To establish these results, we prove novel and sharp confidence intervals for GP models applicable to RKHS elements which may be of broader interest.
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