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I have the following code for a slide from a presentation:

\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Heuristic Policies}
\begin{columns}

\column{0.5\textwidth}
\begin{itemize}
\item<1-> These are methods aiming to give a good but not necessarily optimal solution to a problem.
\item<2-> There exist a number of such policies for bandit problems.
\only<1-9>{
\item<3-9> Greedy policy:
\begin{itemize}
\normalsize
\item<4-9> choose arm with greatest expected reward
\item<5-9> ignores variability in prior distribution
\item<6-9> quite good for Bernoulli bandits, but less effective for normal bandits
}
\end{itemize}

\end{itemize}


\column{0.3\textwidth}

\vspace{-25pt}
\uncover<7->{\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[height = 2.7cm, trim=-1cm 0cm 0cm 0cm,clip=true]{bandit.jpg}
\caption*{$(\alpha,\beta) = (1,1)$}
\end{center}
\end{figure}}
\vspace{-25pt}
\uncover<8->{
\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[height = 2.7cm, trim=-1cm 0cm 0cm 0cm,clip=true]{bandit.jpg}
\caption*{$(\alpha,\beta) = (6,5)$}
\end{center}
\end{figure}}


\column{0.2\textwidth}

\uncover<7->{$\mu = \frac{1}{2}$}\\
\vspace{70pt}
\uncover<8->{$\mu = \frac{6}{11}$}\\
\only<9>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm}


\end{columns}
\end{frame}

At the moment, it's doing what I want. However, the next step is to have it so that all of the bullets from "Greedy policy" are removed as well as "play this arm", and the bulleted text replaced by similar text formatted in the same way. However, I can't see to use \only to do what I want. I tried:

...

\item<4-9> choose arm with greatest expected reward
\item<5-9> ignores variability in prior distribution
\item<6-9> quite good for Bernoulli bandits, but less effective for normal bandits
}
\end{itemize}

\only<10-16>{
\item<10-16> Next policy:
\begin{itemize}
\normalsize
\item<11-16> comment 1
\item<12-16> comment 2
\item<13-16> comment 3
}
\end{itemize}

\end{itemize}

\column{0.3\textwidth}

...

but this didn't work. Could anyone show me what I'm doing wrong? Thanks.

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Your aim seems to be to present several different policies, while leaving the general description of the first two items as a constant. You can use a combination of \alt and \only `:

\documentclass{beamer}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}[t]
\frametitle{Heuristic Policies}

\begin{columns}

\column{0.5\textwidth}
\begin{itemize}
\item<1-> These are methods aiming to give a good but not necessarily optimal solution to a problem.
\item<2-> There exist a number of such policies for bandit problems.
\alt<1-9>{
\item<3-9> Greedy policy:
\begin{itemize}
\normalsize
\item<4-9> choose arm with greatest expected reward
\item<5-9> ignores variability in prior distribution
\item<6-9> quite good for Bernoulli bandits, but less effective for normal bandits
\end{itemize}
}{\only<10-14>{\item<10-> Next policy:
\begin{itemize}
\normalsize
\item<11-14> comment 1
\item<12-14> comment 2
\item<13-14> comment 3\par
\rule{0pt}{2.7cm}
\end{itemize}}
\only<15-18>{\item<15-> Another policy:
\begin{itemize}
\normalsize
\item<16-18> Another comment 1
\item<17-18> Another comment 2
\item<18-18> Another comment 3\par
\rule{0pt}{2.7cm}
\end{itemize}}
}
\end{itemize}

\column{0.3\textwidth}
\vspace{-25pt}
\uncover<7->{\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[height = 2.7cm, trim=-1cm 0cm 0cm 0cm,clip=true,width=3cm]{example-image-a}
\caption*{$(\alpha,\beta) = (1,1)$}
\end{center}
\end{figure}}
\vspace{-25pt}
\uncover<8->{
\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[height = 2.7cm, trim=-1cm 0cm 0cm 0cm,clip=true,width=3cm]{example-image-a}
\caption*{$(\alpha,\beta) = (6,5)$}
\end{center}
\end{figure}}

\column{0.2\textwidth} 
\only<9>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm} 
\only<13-14>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm with probability $\varepsilon$\vspace{80pt}} 
\only<14>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm with probability $1-\varepsilon$} 
\end{columns} 
\onslide<10>{\null}
\end{frame}

\end{document}

To avoid the jumping of the first common two items I used some "invisible" rules.

An animated image of the resulting document:

enter image description here

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Thanks, that worked really well. However, I have another problem (which I anticipated I might have). I currently have for my final column: \column{0.2\textwidth} \only<13-14>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm with probability $\varepsilon$} \vspace{80pt} \only<9>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm} \only<14>{$\Rightarrow$ play this arm with probability $1-\varepsilon$} \end{columns} \onslide<10>{\null} \end{frame} However, this causes the line "play this arm" to be split over two (very far apart) lines. How could I remedy this? –  Simon Aug 28 '13 at 15:26
    
@SimonC please see my updated answer (simply put the overlays in "natural" ascending order). Also, don't forget that you can mark the answer that solved your problem as accepted by clicking the checkmark to its left. More information in How do you accept an answer?. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 28 '13 at 18:44
    
@SimonC Ah, no. I see that the problem persists (it only moved to another place). I'll think about this and let you know. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 28 '13 at 19:59
    
@SimonC Problem solved! The key was to include the \vspace inside the overlay specification. I wasn't sure about the exact vertical positioning for the texts in the right-most column, but you can adjust them according to your needs. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 28 '13 at 21:49
    
Hmm, I'm still having an issue. "play this arm" appears to the right of the top image, whilst I want it to the right of the bottom image. I tried \only<9>{\vspace{80pt} $\Rightarrow$ play this arm} and putting the vspace outside of the \only, but it all this does is cause a large break between the two lines. And thanks a lot for your help; I've accepted your answer now :) –  Simon Aug 29 '13 at 7:58

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