Fall 2017

Optimization's Untold Gift to Learning: Implicit Regularization

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 2:00 pm3:00 pm

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It is becoming increasingly clear that implicit regularization afforded by the optimization algorithms play a central role in machine learning, and especially so when using large, deep, neural networks. We have a good understanding of the implicit regularization afforded by stochastic approximation algorithms, such as SGD, and as I will review, we understand and can characterize the implicit bias of different algorithms, and can design algorithms with specific biases. But in this talk I will focus on implicit biases of deterministic algorithms on underdetermined problem.  In an effort to uncover the implicit biases of gradient-based optimization of neural networks, which holds the key to their empirical success, I will discuss recent work on implicit regularization for matrix factorization and for linearly separable problems with monotone decreasing loss functions.