Optimal Sketching Bounds for Exp-concave Stochastic Minimization

21 May 2018  ·  Naman Agarwal, Alon Gonen ·

We derive optimal statistical and computational complexity bounds for exp-concave stochastic minimization in terms of the effective dimension. For common eigendecay patterns of the population covariance matrix, this quantity is significantly smaller than the ambient dimension. Our results reveal interesting connections to sketching results in numerical linear algebra. In particular, our statistical analysis highlights a novel and natural relationship between algorithmic stability of empirical risk minimization and ridge leverage scores, which play significant role in sketching-based methods. Our main computational result is a fast implementation of a sketch-to-precondition approach in the context of exp-concave empirical risk minimization.

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