A Nearly-Linear Bound for Chasing Nested Convex Bodies [article]

C.J. Argue and Sébastien Bubeck and Michael B. Cohen and Anupam Gupta and Yin Tat Lee
2018 arXiv   pre-print
Friedman and Linial introduced the convex body chasing problem to explore the interplay between geometry and competitive ratio in metrical task systems. In convex body chasing, at each time step t ∈N, the online algorithm receives a request in the form of a convex body K_t ⊆R^d and must output a point x_t ∈ K_t. The goal is to minimize the total movement between consecutive output points, where the distance is measured in some given norm. This problem is still far from being understood, and
more » ... ntly Bansal et al. gave an algorithm for the nested version, where each convex body is contained within the previous one. We propose a different strategy which is O(d d)-competitive algorithm for this nested convex body chasing problem, improving substantially over previous work. Our algorithm works for any norm. This result is almost tight, given an Ω(d) lower bound for the ℓ_∞.
arXiv:1806.08865v2 fatcat:twphgb7xsnaddmcq6upnflybv4