Online Adaptive Methods, Universality and Acceleration

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 31 (NeurIPS 2018)

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Kfir Y. Levy, Alp Yurtsever, Volkan Cevher


We present a novel method for convex unconstrained optimization that, without any modifications ensures: (1) accelerated convergence rate for smooth objectives, (2) standard convergence rate in the general (non-smooth) setting, and (3) standard convergence rate in the stochastic optimization setting.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first method that simultaneously applies to all of the above settings.
At the heart of our method is an adaptive learning rate rule that employs importance weights, in the spirit of adaptive online learning algorithms [duchi2011adaptive,levy2017online], combined with an update that linearly couples two sequences, in the spirit of [AllenOrecchia2017]. An empirical examination of our method demonstrates its applicability to the above mentioned scenarios and corroborates our theoretical findings.