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Asymmetric Certified Robustness via Feature-Convex Neural Networks

Samuel Pfrommer · Brendon Anderson · Julien Piet · Somayeh Sojoudi

Great Hall & Hall B1+B2 (level 1) #803

Abstract: Real-world adversarial attacks on machine learning models often feature an asymmetric structure wherein adversaries only attempt to induce false negatives (e.g., classify a spam email as not spam). We formalize the asymmetric robustness certification problem and correspondingly present the feature-convex neural network architecture, which composes an input-convex neural network (ICNN) with a Lipschitz continuous feature map in order to achieve asymmetric adversarial robustness. We consider the aforementioned binary setting with one "sensitive" class, and for this class we prove deterministic, closed-form, and easily-computable certified robust radii for arbitrary $\ell_p$-norms. We theoretically justify the use of these models by characterizing their decision region geometry, extending the universal approximation theorem for ICNN regression to the classification setting, and proving a lower bound on the probability that such models perfectly fit even unstructured uniformly distributed data in sufficiently high dimensions. Experiments on Malimg malware classification and subsets of the MNIST, Fashion-MNIST, and CIFAR-10 datasets show that feature-convex classifiers attain substantial certified $\ell_1$, $\ell_2$, and $\ell_{\infty}$-radii while being far more computationally efficient than competitive baselines.

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