Can Adaption Help on the Average?

Wasilkowski, Grzegorz W.; Wozniakowski, Henryk

We study adaptive information for approximation of linear problems in a separable Hilbert space equipped with a probability measure μ. It is known that adaption does not help in the worst case for linear problems. We prove that adaption also does not help on the average. That is, there exists nonadaptive information which is as powerful as adaptive information. This result holds for "orthogonally invariant" measures. We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for a measure to be orthogonally invariant. Examples of orthogonally invariant measures include Gaussian measures and, in the finite dimensional case, weighted Lebesgue measures.


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Computer Science
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-080-83
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October 26, 2011