Path-SGD: Path-Normalized Optimization in Deep Neural Networks

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 28 (NIPS 2015)

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Behnam Neyshabur, Russ R. Salakhutdinov, Nati Srebro


We revisit the choice of SGD for training deep neural networks by reconsidering the appropriate geometry in which to optimize the weights. We argue for a geometry invariant to rescaling of weights that does not affect the output of the network, and suggest Path-SGD, which is an approximate steepest descent method with respect to a path-wise regularizer related to max-norm regularization. Path-SGD is easy and efficient to implement and leads to empirical gains over SGD and AdaGrad.