Differentially Private Online-to-batch for Smooth Losses

Abstract: We develop a new reduction that converts any online convex optimization algorithm suffering $O(\sqrt{T})$ regret into an $\epsilon$-differentially private stochastic convex optimization algorithm with the optimal convergence rate $\tilde O(1/\sqrt{T} + 1/\epsilon T)$ on smooth losses in linear time, forming a direct analogy to the classical non-private online-to-batch'' conversion. By applying our techniques to more advanced adaptive online algorithms, we produce adaptive differentially private counterparts whose convergence rates depend on apriori unknown variances or parameter norms.