Blitz: A Principled Meta-Algorithm for Scaling Sparse Optimization

Tyler B. Johnson, Carlos Guestrin
2015 International Conference on Machine Learning  
By reducing optimization to a sequence of small subproblems, working set methods achieve fast convergence times for many challenging problems. Despite excellent performance, theoretical understanding of working sets is limited, and implementations often resort to heuristics to determine subproblem size, makeup, and stopping criteria. We propose BLITZ, a fast working set algorithm accompanied by useful guarantees. Making no assumptions on data, our theory relates subproblem size to progress
more » ... d convergence. This result motivates methods for optimizing algorithmic parameters and discarding irrelevant variables as iterations progress. Applied to 1 -regularized learning, BLITZ convincingly outperforms existing solvers in sequential, limited-memory, and distributed settings. BLITZ is not specific to 1 -regularized learning, making the algorithm relevant to many applications involving sparsity or constraints.
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