Cutting Some Slack for SGD with Adaptive Polyak Stepsizes
Tuning the step size of stochastic gradient descent is tedious and error prone. This has motivated the development of methods that automatically adapt the step size using readily available information. In this paper, we consider the family of SPS (Stochastic gradient with a Polyak Stepsize) adaptive methods. These are methods that make use of gradient and loss value at the sampled points to adaptively adjust the step size. We first show that SPS and its recent variants can all be seen as extensions of the Passive-Aggressive methods applied to nonlinear problems. We use this insight to develop new variants of the SPS method that are better suited to nonlinear models. Our new variants are based on introducing a slack variable into the interpolation equations. This single slack variable tracks the loss function across iterations and is used in setting a stable step size. We provide extensive numerical results supporting our new methods and a convergence theory.
- Pub Date:
- February 2022
- Computer Science - Machine Learning;
- 48 pages, 7 figures