On the Ineffectiveness of Variance Reduced Optimization for Deep Learning

Sep 27, 2018 Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Abstract: The application of stochastic variance reduction to optimization has shown remarkable recent theoretical and practical success. The applicability of these techniques to the hard non-convex optimization problems encountered during training of modern deep neural networks is an open problem. We show that naive application of the SVRG technique and related approaches fail, and explore why.
  • Keywords: machine learning, optimization, variance reduction
  • TL;DR: The SVRG method fails on modern deep learning problems
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