Gradient Descent Only Converges to Minimizers: Non-Isolated Critical Points and Invariant Regions

2 May 2016  ·  Ioannis Panageas, Georgios Piliouras ·

Given a non-convex twice differentiable cost function f, we prove that the set of initial conditions so that gradient descent converges to saddle points where \nabla^2 f has at least one strictly negative eigenvalue has (Lebesgue) measure zero, even for cost functions f with non-isolated critical points, answering an open question in [Lee, Simchowitz, Jordan, Recht, COLT2016]. Moreover, this result extends to forward-invariant convex subspaces, allowing for weak (non-globally Lipschitz) smoothness assumptions... Finally, we produce an upper bound on the allowable step-size. read more

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