Distributed Continual Learning with CoCoA in High-dimensional Linear Regression

4 Dec 2023  ·  Martin Hellkvist, Ayça Özçelikkale, Anders Ahlén ·

We consider estimation under scenarios where the signals of interest exhibit change of characteristics over time. In particular, we consider the continual learning problem where different tasks, e.g., data with different distributions, arrive sequentially and the aim is to perform well on the newly arrived task without performance degradation on the previously seen tasks. In contrast to the continual learning literature focusing on the centralized setting, we investigate the problem from a distributed estimation perspective. We consider the well-established distributed learning algorithm COCOA, which distributes the model parameters and the corresponding features over the network. We provide exact analytical characterization for the generalization error of COCOA under continual learning for linear regression in a range of scenarios, where overparameterization is of particular interest. These analytical results characterize how the generalization error depends on the network structure, the task similarity and the number of tasks, and show how these dependencies are intertwined. In particular, our results show that the generalization error can be significantly reduced by adjusting the network size, where the most favorable network size depends on task similarity and the number of tasks. We present numerical results verifying the theoretical analysis and illustrate the continual learning performance of COCOA with a digit classification task.

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