Constrained Learning with Non-Convex Losses

8 Mar 2021  ·  Luiz F. O. Chamon, Santiago Paternain, Miguel Calvo-Fullana, Alejandro Ribeiro ·

Though learning has become a core component of modern information processing, there is now ample evidence that it can lead to biased, unsafe, and prejudiced systems. The need to impose requirements on learning is therefore paramount, especially as it reaches critical applications in social, industrial, and medical domains. However, the non-convexity of most modern statistical problems is only exacerbated by the introduction of constraints. Whereas good unconstrained solutions can often be learned using empirical risk minimization, even obtaining a model that satisfies statistical constraints can be challenging. All the more so, a good one. In this paper, we overcome this issue by learning in the empirical dual domain, where constrained statistical learning problems become unconstrained and deterministic. We analyze the generalization properties of this approach by bounding the empirical duality gap -- i.e., the difference between our approximate, tractable solution and the solution of the original (non-convex) statistical problem -- and provide a practical constrained learning algorithm. These results establish a constrained counterpart to classical learning theory, enabling the explicit use of constraints in learning. We illustrate this theory and algorithm in rate-constrained learning applications arising in fairness and adversarial robustness.

PDF Abstract


  Add Datasets introduced or used in this paper

Results from the Paper

  Submit results from this paper to get state-of-the-art GitHub badges and help the community compare results to other papers.


No methods listed for this paper. Add relevant methods here