SGDA with shuffling: faster convergence for nonconvex-PŁ minimax optimizationDownload PDF

Published: 01 Feb 2023, Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023ICLR 2023 posterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: minimax optimization, SGDA, without-replacement sampling, random reshuffling, Polyak-Łojasiewicz
TL;DR: We study the convergence bounds of (mini-batch) SGDA with random reshuffling for nonconvex-PŁ and primal-PŁ-PŁ problems.
Abstract: Stochastic gradient descent-ascent (SGDA) is one of the main workhorses for solving finite-sum minimax optimization problems. Most practical implementations of SGDA randomly reshuffle components and sequentially use them (i.e., without-replacement sampling); however, there are few theoretical results on this approach for minimax algorithms, especially outside the easier-to-analyze (strongly-)monotone setups. To narrow this gap, we study the convergence bounds of SGDA with random reshuffling (SGDA-RR) for smooth nonconvex-nonconcave objectives with Polyak-{\L}ojasiewicz (P{\L}) geometry. We analyze both simultaneous and alternating SGDA-RR for nonconvex-P{\L} and primal-P{\L}-P{\L} objectives, and obtain convergence rates faster than with-replacement SGDA. Our rates extend to mini-batch SGDA-RR, recovering known rates for full-batch gradient descent-ascent (GDA). Lastly, we present a comprehensive lower bound for GDA with an arbitrary step-size ratio, which matches the full-batch upper bound for the primal-P{\L}-P{\L} case.
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