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Learning To Optimize
Nando de Freitas

Thu Dec 08 11:30 PM -- 12:00 AM (PST) @

The move from hand-designed features to learned features in machine learning has been wildly successful. In spite of this, optimization algorithms are still designed by hand. In this talk I describe how the design of an optimization algorithm can be cast as a learning problem, allowing the algorithm to learn to exploit structure in the problems of interest in an automatic way. The learned algorithms, implemented by LSTMs, outperform generic, hand-designed competitors on the tasks for which they are trained, and also generalize well to new tasks with similar structure.

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Nando de Freitas (DeepMind)

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