Wednesday, February 17, 2021
02/17/2021 - 1:00pm
Abstract: A core element in sequential decision making problems, such as contextual bandits and reinforcement learning, is the feedback on the quality of the performed actions. However, in many real-world applications, such feedback is restricted. In this work, we study decision making problems with querying budget, that is, when the total amount of feedback is restricted by a hard budget and the agent can choose when to query for feedback. We propose a simple algorithmic principle which we refer to as Confidence Budget Matching (CBM), analyze its performance on a variety of sequential budgeted learning problems, and establish its robustness relatively to more naive approaches.
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Zoom Meeting ID: 97670014308
02/17/2021 - 4:15pm
There is a rich interplay between the fields of knot theory and 3- and 4-manifold topology. In this talk, I will describe a weak notion of equivalence for knots called concordance, and highlight some historical and recent connections between knot concordance and the study of 4-manifolds, with a particular emphasis on applications of knot concordance to the construction and detection of small 4-manifolds which admit multiple smooth structures.