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On the Computational Efficiency of Training Neural Networks
Roi Livni · Shai Shalev-Shwartz · Ohad Shamir

Mon Dec 08 04:00 PM -- 08:59 PM (PST) @ Level 2, room 210D

It is well-known that neural networks are computationally hard to train. On the other hand, in practice, modern day neural networks are trained efficiently using SGD and a variety of tricks that include different activation functions (e.g. ReLU), over-specification (i.e., train networks which are larger than needed), and regularization. In this paper we revisit the computational complexity of training neural networks from a modern perspective. We provide both positive and negative results, some of them yield new provably efficient and practical algorithms for training neural networks.

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Roi Livni (Hebrew University)
Shai Shalev-Shwartz (Mobileye & HUJI)
Ohad Shamir (Weizmann Institute of Science)

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