Zhimei Ren (UChicago) - Policy Learning with Adaptively Collected Data

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November 3, 2021 at 10:30am - 11:30am
TTIC & Zoom
Event Audience:
Zhimei Ren

Speaker: Zhimei Ren Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago

Zhimei Ren is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Statistics Department at the University of Chicago, advised by Professor Rina Foygel Barber. Before joining the University of Chicago, she obtained her Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University.

Abstract: Policy Learning with Adaptively Collected Data

Learning optimal policies from historical data enables the gains from personalization to be realized in a wide variety of applications. The growing policy learning literature focuses on a setting where the treatment assignment policy does not adapt to the data. However, adaptive data collection is becoming more common in practice, from two primary sources: 1) data collected from adaptive experiments that are designed to improve inferential efficiency; 2) data collected from production systems that are adaptively evolving an operational policy to improve performance over time (e.g. contextual bandits). We aim to address the challenge of learning the optimal policy with adaptively collected data and provide one of the first theoretical inquiries into this problem. We propose an algorithm based on generalized augmented inverse propensity weighted estimators and establish its finite-sample regret bound. We complement this regret upper bound with a lower bound that characterizes the fundamental difficulty of policy learning with adaptive data. Finally, we demonstrate our algorithm's effectiveness using both synthetic data and public benchmark datasets.

The talk will take place at TTIC, 6045 S. Kenwood Avenue, 5th Floor, Room 530, and online via Zoom. 

For additional questions please contact Lingxiao Wang, lingxw@ttic.edu

Host: UChicago and TTIC Machine Learning Series

Type: talk