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Fast Stochastic Composite Minimization and an Accelerated Frank-Wolfe Algorithm under Parallelization
Benjamin Dubois-Taine · Francis Bach · Quentin Berthet · Adrien Taylor

Tue Nov 29 02:00 PM -- 04:00 PM (PST) @ Hall J #837
We consider the problem of minimizing the sum of two convex functions. One of those functions has Lipschitz-continuous gradients, and can be accessed via stochastic oracles, whereas the other is ``simple''. We provide a Bregman-type algorithm with accelerated convergence in function values to a ball containing the minimum. The radius of this ball depends on problem-dependent constants, including the variance of the stochastic oracle. We further show that this algorithmic setup naturally leads to a variant of Frank-Wolfe achieving acceleration under parallelization. More precisely, when minimizing a smooth convex function on a bounded domain, we show that one can achieve an $\epsilon$ primal-dual gap (in expectation) in $\tilde{O}(1 /\sqrt{\epsilon})$ iterations, by only accessing gradients of the original function and a linear maximization oracle with $O(1 / \sqrt{\epsilon})$ computing units in parallel. We illustrate this fast convergence on synthetic numerical experiments.

Author Information

Benjamin Dubois-Taine (CNRS, ENS Paris, Inria)
Francis Bach (INRIA - Ecole Normale Superieure)

Francis Bach is a researcher at INRIA, leading since 2011 the SIERRA project-team, which is part of the Computer Science Department at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. After completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley, he spent two years at Ecole des Mines, and joined INRIA and Ecole Normale Supérieure in 2007. He is interested in statistical machine learning, and especially in convex optimization, combinatorial optimization, sparse methods, kernel-based learning, vision and signal processing. He gave numerous courses on optimization in the last few years in summer schools. He has been program co-chair for the International Conference on Machine Learning in 2015.

Quentin Berthet (Google Brain)
Adrien Taylor (Inria)

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