Exploiting Smoothness in Statistical Learning, Sequential Prediction, and Stochastic Optimization [article]

Mehrdad Mahdavi
2014 arXiv   pre-print
In the last several years, the intimate connection between convex optimization and learning problems, in both statistical and sequential frameworks, has shifted the focus of algorithmic machine learning to examine this interplay. In particular, on one hand, this intertwinement brings forward new challenges in reassessment of the performance of learning algorithms including generalization and regret bounds under the assumptions imposed by convexity such as analytical properties of loss functions
more » ... (e.g., Lipschitzness, strong convexity, and smoothness). On the other hand, emergence of datasets of an unprecedented size, demands the development of novel and more efficient optimization algorithms to tackle large-scale learning problems. The overarching goal of this thesis is to reassess the smoothness of loss functions in statistical learning, sequential prediction/online learning, and stochastic optimization and explicate its consequences. In particular we examine how smoothness of loss function could be beneficial or detrimental in these settings in terms of sample complexity, statistical consistency, regret analysis, and convergence rate, and investigate how smoothness can be leveraged to devise more efficient learning algorithms.
arXiv:1407.5908v1 fatcat:vlevdkb23bfibombrkqttvtlp4