CCN interest forwarding strategy as Multi-Armed Bandit model with delays
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We consider Content Centric Network (CCN) interest forwarding problem as a Multi-Armed Bandit (MAB) problem with delays. We investigate the transient behaviour of the ε-greedy, tuned ε-greedy and Upper Confidence Bound (UCB) interest forwarding policies. Surprisingly, for all the three policies very short initial exploratory phase is needed. We demonstrate that the tuned ε-greedy algorithm is nearly as good as the UCB algorithm, commonly reported as the best currently available algorithm. We prove the uniform logarithmic bound for the tuned ε-greedy algorithm in the presence of delays. In addition to its immediate application to CCN interest forwarding, the new theoretical results for MAB problem with delays represent significant theoretical advances in machine learning discipline.