High Probability Bounds for Stochastic Subgradient Schemes with Heavy Tailed Noise

17 Aug 2022  ·  Daniela A. Parletta, Andrea Paudice, Massimiliano Pontil, Saverio Salzo ·

In this work we study high probability bounds for stochastic subgradient methods under heavy tailed noise. In this case the noise is only assumed to have finite variance as opposed to a sub-Gaussian distribution for which it is known that standard subgradient methods enjoys high probability bounds. We analyzed a clipped version of the projected stochastic subgradient method, where subgradient estimates are truncated whenever they have large norms. We show that this clipping strategy leads both to near optimal any-time and finite horizon bounds for many classical averaging schemes. Preliminary experiments are shown to support the validity of the method.

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