FLIS: Clustered Federated Learning via Inference Similarity for Non-IID Data DistributionDownload PDF

Published: 21 Oct 2022, Last Modified: 17 Sept 2023FL-NeurIPS 2022 PosterReaders: Everyone
Abstract: Classical federated learning approaches yield significant performance degradation in the presence of Non-IID data distributions of participants. When the distribution of each local dataset is highly different from the global one, the local objective of each client will be inconsistent with the global optima which incur a drift in the local updates. This phenomenon highly impacts the performance of clients. This is while the primary incentive for clients to participate in federated learning is to obtain better personalized models. To address the above-mentioned issue, we present a new algorithm, FLIS, which groups the clients population in clusters with jointly trainable data distributions by leveraging the inference similarity of clients' models. This framework captures settings where different groups of users have their own objectives (learning tasks) but by aggregating their data with others in the same cluster (same learning task) to perform more efficient and personalized federated learning. We present experimental results to demonstrate the benefits of FLIS over the state-of-the-art benchmarks on CIFAR-100/10, SVHN, and FMNIST datasets.
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