Accelerate Stochastic Subgradient Method by Leveraging Local Growth Condition

4 Jul 2016Yi XuQihang LinTianbao Yang

In this paper, a new theory is developed for first-order stochastic convex optimization, showing that the global convergence rate is sufficiently quantified by a local growth rate of the objective function in a neighborhood of the optimal solutions. In particular, if the objective function $F(\mathbf w)$ in the $\epsilon$-sublevel set grows as fast as $\|\mathbf w - \mathbf w_*\|_2^{1/\theta}$, where $\mathbf w_*$ represents the closest optimal solution to $\mathbf w$ and $\theta\in(0,1]$ quantifies the local growth rate, the iteration complexity of first-order stochastic optimization for achieving an $\epsilon$-optimal solution can be $\widetilde O(1/\epsilon^{2(1-\theta)})$, which is optimal at most up to a logarithmic factor... (read more)

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