Spyros Angelopoulos, CNRS Researcher
Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Sorbonne Université
The advice model of online computation captures the setting in which an online algorithm is given some partial information concerning the request sequence. This paradigm allows to establish tradeoffs between the amount of this additional information and the performance of the online algorithm. However, unlike real life in which advice is a recommendation that we can chose to follow or to ignore based on trustworthiness, in the current advice model, the online algorithm typically treats it as infallible. This means that if the advice is corrupt or, worse, if it comes from a malicious source, the algorithm may perform poorly.
In this work, we study online computation in a setting in which the advice is provided by an untrusted source. Our objective is to quantify the impact of untrusted advice so as to design and analyze robust online algorithms that are resilient and perform well even when the advice is generated in a malicious, adversarial manner. We show how the new paradigm can be applied to well-studied online problems such as ski rental, online bidding, bin packing, and list update.
Joint work with Christoph Dürr, Shendan Jin, Shahin Kamali and Marc Renault.
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