Faster Projection-free Online Learning

30 Jan 2020  ·  Elad Hazan, Edgar Minasyan ·

In many online learning problems the computational bottleneck for gradient-based methods is the projection operation. For this reason, in many problems the most efficient algorithms are based on the Frank-Wolfe method, which replaces projections by linear optimization... In the general case, however, online projection-free methods require more iterations than projection-based methods: the best known regret bound scales as $T^{3/4}$. Despite significant work on various variants of the Frank-Wolfe method, this bound has remained unchanged for a decade. In this paper we give an efficient projection-free algorithm that guarantees $T^{2/3}$ regret for general online convex optimization with smooth cost functions and one linear optimization computation per iteration. As opposed to previous Frank-Wolfe approaches, our algorithm is derived using the Follow-the-Perturbed-Leader method and is analyzed using an online primal-dual framework. read more

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