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The Many Faces of Exponential Weights in Online Learning Machine Learning

A standard introduction to online learning might place Online Gradient Descent at its center and then proceed to develop generalizations and extensions like Online Mirror Descent and second-order methods. Here we explore the alternative approach of putting exponential weights (EW) first. We show that many standard methods and their regret bounds then follow as a special case by plugging in suitable surrogate losses and playing the EW posterior mean. For instance, we easily recover Online Gradient Descent by using EW with a Gaussian prior on linearized losses, and, more generally, all instances of Online Mirror Descent based on regular Bregman divergences also correspond to EW with a prior that depends on the mirror map. Furthermore, appropriate quadratic surrogate losses naturally give rise to Online Gradient Descent for strongly convex losses and to Online Newton Step. We further interpret several recent adaptive methods (iProd, Squint, and a variation of Coin Betting for experts) as a series of closely related reductions to exp-concave surrogate losses that are then handled by Exponential Weights. Finally, a benefit of our EW interpretation is that it opens up the possibility of sampling from the EW posterior distribution instead of playing the mean. As already observed by Bubeck and Eldan, this recovers the best-known rate in Online Bandit Linear Optimization.

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Column n The Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence column discusses and shares innovative educational approaches that teach or leverage AI and its many subfields at all levels of education (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels). In this column I describe my experience adapting the content and infrastructure from massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) to enhance my courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. I begin with my informal, early use of MOOC content and then move to two deliberatively designed strategies for adapting MOOCs to campus (that is, wrappers and small private online classes [SPOCs]). I describe student reactions and touch on selected policy and institutional considerations. In the never-ending search for increasing student bang-for-the-buck, I was motivated to increase the bang, rather than reduce the buck, the latter being well above my pay grade.

Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence

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For those who haven't heard of it, EAAI is a symposium that is held in conjunction with AAAI. The symposium provides a venue for researchers and educators to discuss pedagogical issues and share resources related to AI and education. This year, the symposium featured a range of activities, including two invited talks, paper presentations, poster presentations, panels, and workshops. Several main themes of discussion at the symposium included the introduction of AI concepts in early courses, active learning, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) and flipped classrooms. With the emergence of "big data" as a buzzword in the mainstream media, new students are often interested in learning about this area but may not have the math or computing skills to support their interests.



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