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Thompson sampling.

Thompson sampling is often used with a Beta distribution. However, any probability distribution can be used, as long it makes sense with the reward shape. For instance, a Beta distribution is meant to be used with binary rewards, while a Gaussian distribution is meant to be used with continuous rewards.

The randomness of a distribution is controlled by its seed. The seed should not set within the distribution, but should rather be defined in the policy parametrization. In other words, you should do this:

policy = ThompsonSampling(dist=proba.Beta(1, 1), seed=42)

and not this:

policy = ThompsonSampling(dist=proba.Beta(1, 1, seed=42))


  • dist (river.proba.base.Distribution)

    A distribution to sample from.

  • burn_in – defaults to 0

    The number of steps to use for the burn-in phase. Each arm is given the chance to be pulled during the burn-in phase. This is useful to mitigate selection bias.

  • seed (int) – defaults to None

    Random number generator seed for reproducibility.


  • dist

  • ranking

    Return the list of arms in descending order of performance.


>>> import gym
>>> from river import bandit
>>> from river import proba
>>> from river import stats

>>> env = gym.make(
...     'river_bandits/CandyCaneContest-v0'
... )
>>> _ = env.reset(seed=42)
>>> _ = env.action_space.seed(123)

>>> policy = bandit.ThompsonSampling(dist=proba.Beta(), seed=101)

>>> metric = stats.Sum()
>>> while True:
...     action = next(policy.pull(range(env.action_space.n)))
...     observation, reward, terminated, truncated, info = env.step(action)
...     policy = policy.update(action, reward)
...     metric = metric.update(reward)
...     if terminated or truncated:
...         break

>>> metric
Sum: 820.



Pull arm(s).

This method is a generator that yields the arm(s) that should be pulled. During the burn-in phase, all the arms that have not been pulled enough are yielded. Once the burn-in phase is over, the policy is allowed to choose the arm(s) that should be pulled. If you only want to pull one arm at a time during the burn-in phase, simply call next(policy.pull(arms)).


  • arm_ids (List[Union[int, str]])

Update an arm's state.


  • arm_id
  • reward_args
  • reward_kwargs