Online Discovery of Similarity Mappings |
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Alexander Rakhlin - UC Berkeley, USA Jacob Abernethy - UC Berkeley, USA Peter L. Bartlett - UC Berkeley, USA |

We consider the problem of choosing, sequentially, a map which assigns elements of a set A to a few elements of a set B . On each round, the algorithm suffers some cost associated with the chosen assignment, and the goal is to minimize the cumulative loss of these choices relative to the best map on the entire sequence. Even though the offine problem of finding the best map is provably hard, we show that there is an equivalent online approximation algorithm, Randomized Map Prediction (RMP), that is efficient and performs nearly as well. While drawing upon results from the "Online Prediction with Expert Advice" setting, we show how RMP can be utilized as an online approach to several standard batch problems. We apply RMP to online clustering as well as online feature selection and, surprisingly, RMP often outperforms the standard batch algorithms on these problems. |