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Multi-Information Source Optimization
Matthias Poloczek · Jialei Wang · Peter Frazier

Wed Dec 06 06:30 PM -- 10:30 PM (PST) @ Pacific Ballroom #194 #None

We consider Bayesian methods for multi-information source optimization (MISO), in which we seek to optimize an expensive-to-evaluate black-box objective function while also accessing cheaper but biased and noisy approximations ("information sources"). We present a novel algorithm that outperforms the state of the art for this problem by using a Gaussian process covariance kernel better suited to MISO than those used by previous approaches, and an acquisition function based on a one-step optimality analysis supported by efficient parallelization. We also provide a novel technique to guarantee the asymptotic quality of the solution provided by this algorithm. Experimental evaluations demonstrate that this algorithm consistently finds designs of higher value at less cost than previous approaches.

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Matthias Poloczek (Cornell University)
Jialei Wang (IBM)
Peter Frazier (Cornell / Uber)

Peter Frazier is an Associate Professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University, and a Staff Data Scientist at Uber. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University in 2009. His research is at the intersection of machine learning and operations research, focusing on Bayesian optimization, multi-armed bandits, active learning, and Bayesian nonparametric statistics. He is an associate editor for Operations Research, ACM TOMACS, and IISE Transactions, and is the recipient of an AFOSR Young Investigator Award and an NSF CAREER Award.

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