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Paper IDD2-S5-T1.2
Paper Title Achievable Resolution Limits for the Noisy Adaptive 20 Questions Problem
Authors Lin Zhou, Beihang University, China; Alfred Hero, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States
Session D2-S5-T1: Finite Length Analysis
Chaired Session: Tuesday, 13 July, 23:20 - 23:40
Engagement Session: Tuesday, 13 July, 23:40 - 00:00
Abstract We study the achievable performance of adaptive query procedures for the noisy 20 questions problem with measurement-dependent noise over a unit cube of finite dimension. The performance criterion that we consider is the minimal resolution, defined as the $L_\infty$ norm between the estimated and the true values of the random location vector of a target, given a finite number of queries constrained by an excess-resolution probability. Specifically, we derive the achievable resolution of an adaptive query procedure based on the variable length feedback code by Polyanskiy \emph{et al.} (TIT 2011). Furthermore, we verify our theoretical results with numerical simulations and compare the performance of our considered adaptive query procedure with that of the state-of-the-art algorithms, such as the sorted posterior matching algorithm by Chiu and Javadi (ITW 2016). In particular, we demonstrate that the drop out strategy adopted in our adaptive query procedure can significantly enhance the asymptotic performance of adaptive query procedures, especially at moderate to large excess-resolution probability constraints.