Multi-Dueling Bandits and Their Application to Online Ranker Evaluation

Brian Brost, Yevgeny Seldin, Ingemar J. Cox, Christina Lioma
2016 Proceedings of the 25th ACM International on Conference on Information and Knowledge Management - CIKM '16  
Online ranker evaluation focuses on the challenge of efficiently determining, from implicit user feedback, which ranker out of a finite set of rankers is the best. It can be modeled by dueling bandits, a mathematical model for online learning under limited feedback from pairwise comparisons. Comparisons of pairs of rankers is performed by interleaving their result sets and examining which documents users click on. The dueling bandits model addresses the key issue of which pair of rankers to
more » ... are at each iteration. Methods for simultaneously comparing more than two rankers have recently been developed. However, the question of which rankers to compare at each iteration was left open. We address this question by proposing a generalization of the dueling bandits model that uses simultaneous comparisons of an unrestricted number of rankers. We evaluate our algorithm on several standard large-scale online ranker evaluation datasets. Our experimental results show that the algorithm yields orders of magnitude improvement in performance compared to state-of-the-art dueling bandit algorithms.
doi:10.1145/2983323.2983659 dblp:conf/cikm/BrostSCL16 fatcat:lopvamobzjdrbnwxvhoktwuguq