Collaborating Authors

Types of Optimization Algorithms used in Neural Networks and Ways to Optimize Gradient Descent


Have you ever wondered which optimization algorithm to use for your Neural network Model to produce slightly better and faster results by updating the Model parameters such as Weights and Bias values . Should we use Gradient Descent or Stochastic gradient Descent or Adam? I too didn't know about the major differences between these different types of Optimization Strategies and which one is better over another before writing this article. Optimization algorithms helps us to minimize (or maximize) a Loss function (another name for Error function) E(x) which is simply a mathematical function dependent on the Model's internal parameters which are used in computing the target values(Y) from the set of predictors(X) used in the model. For example -- we call the Weights(W) and the Bias(b) values of the Neural Network as its internal parameters which are used in computing the Output values and play a major role in the training process of the Neural Network Model .

mS2GD: Mini-Batch Semi-Stochastic Gradient Descent in the Proximal Setting Machine Learning

We propose a mini-batching scheme for improving the theoretical complexity and practical performance of semi-stochastic gradient descent applied to the problem of minimizing a strongly convex composite function represented as the sum of an average of a large number of smooth convex functions, and simple nonsmooth convex function. Our method first performs a deterministic step (computation of the gradient of the objective function at the starting point), followed by a large number of stochastic steps. The process is repeated a few times with the last iterate becoming the new starting point. The novelty of our method is in introduction of mini-batching into the computation of stochastic steps. In each step, instead of choosing a single function, we sample $b$ functions, compute their gradients, and compute the direction based on this. We analyze the complexity of the method and show that the method benefits from two speedup effects. First, we prove that as long as $b$ is below a certain threshold, we can reach predefined accuracy with less overall work than without mini-batching. Second, our mini-batching scheme admits a simple parallel implementation, and hence is suitable for further acceleration by parallelization.

The Information Geometry of Mirror Descent Machine Learning

Information geometry applies concepts in differential geometry to probability and statistics and is especially useful for parameter estimation in exponential families where parameters are known to lie on a Riemannian manifold. Connections between the geometric properties of the induced manifold and statistical properties of the estimation problem are well-established. However developing first-order methods that scale to larger problems has been less of a focus in the information geometry community. The best known algorithm that incorporates manifold structure is the second-order natural gradient descent algorithm introduced by Amari. On the other hand, stochastic approximation methods have led to the development of first-order methods for optimizing noisy objective functions. A recent generalization of the Robbins-Monro algorithm known as mirror descent, developed by Nemirovski and Yudin is a first order method that induces non-Euclidean geometries. However current analysis of mirror descent does not precisely characterize the induced non-Euclidean geometry nor does it consider performance in terms of statistical relative efficiency. In this paper, we prove that mirror descent induced by Bregman divergences is equivalent to the natural gradient descent algorithm on the dual Riemannian manifold. Using this equivalence, it follows that (1) mirror descent is the steepest descent direction along the Riemannian manifold of the exponential family; (2) mirror descent with log-likelihood loss applied to parameter estimation in exponential families asymptotically achieves the classical Cram\'er-Rao lower bound and (3) natural gradient descent for manifolds corresponding to exponential families can be implemented as a first-order method through mirror descent.

An overview of gradient descent optimization algorithms


Gradient descent is one of the most popular algorithms to perform optimization and by far the most common way to optimize neural networks. At the same time, every state-of-the-art Deep Learning library contains implementations of various algorithms to optimize gradient descent (e.g. These algorithms, however, are often used as black-box optimizers, as practical explanations of their strengths and weaknesses are hard to come by. This blog post aims at providing you with intuitions towards the behaviour of different algorithms for optimizing gradient descent that will help you put them to use. We are first going to look at the different variants of gradient descent.

Gradient Descent For Machine Learning - Machine Learning Mastery


Optimization is a big part of machine learning. Almost every machine learning algorithm has an optimization algorithm at it's core. In this post you will discover a simple optimization algorithm that you can use with any machine learning algorithm. It is easy to understand and easy to implement. Gradient Descent For Machine Learning Photo by Grand Canyon National Park, some rights reserved.