# Online Learning for Min Sum Set Cover and Pandora's Box

@inproceedings{Gergatsouli2022OnlineLF, title={Online Learning for Min Sum Set Cover and Pandora's Box}, author={Evangelia Gergatsouli and Christos Tzamos}, booktitle={ICML}, year={2022} }

Two central problems in Stochastic Optimization are Min Sum Set Cover and Pandora’s Box . In Pandora’s Box , we are presented with n boxes, each containing an unknown value and the goal is to open the boxes in some order to minimize the sum of the search cost and the smallest value found. Given a distribution of value vectors, we are asked to identify a near-optimal search order. Min Sum Set Cover corresponds to the case where values are either 0 or inﬁnity. In this work, we study the case…

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