HesScale: Scalable Computation of Hessian DiagonalsDownload PDF

Published: 01 Feb 2023, Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023Submitted to ICLR 2023Readers: Everyone
Abstract: Second-order optimization uses curvature information about the objective function, which can help in faster convergence. However, such methods typically require expensive computation of the Hessian matrix, preventing their usage in a scalable way. The absence of efficient ways of computation drove the most widely used methods to focus on first-order approximations that do not capture the curvature information. In this paper, we develop \textit{HesScale}, a scalable approach to approximating the diagonal of the Hessian matrix, to incorporate second-order information in a computationally efficient manner. We show that HesScale has the same computational complexity as backpropagation. Our results on supervised classification show that HesScale achieves high approximation accuracy, allowing for scalable and efficient second-order optimization.
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