The Primal-Dual method for Learning Augmented Algorithms

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Etienne Bamas, Andreas Maggiori, Ola Svensson


The extension of classical online algorithms when provided with predictions is a new and active research area. In this paper, we extend the primal-dual method for online algorithms in order to incorporate predictions that advise the online algorithm about the next action to take. We use this framework to obtain novel algorithms for a variety of online covering problems. We compare our algorithms to the cost of the true and predicted offline optimal solutions and show that these algorithms outperform any online algorithm when the prediction is accurate while maintaining good guarantees when the prediction is misleading.