NeurIPS 2020

Distributionally Robust Parametric Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Meta Review

This paper proposes a method for distributionally robust optimization under KL ambiguity sets for exponential families. Although KL ambiguity sets have their drawbacks, in particular not covering any changes in the inputs x, the present work produces a standard conic problem for a wide problem class via a novel analysis, provides good theoretical analysis, and yields good numerical results for a variety of small-scale classification problems. With the various clarifications that came up in the reviews, this paper makes a solid contribution to the DRO literature and will be quite welcome to the NeurIPS audience.