On the loss landscape of a class of deep neural networks with no bad local valleys

ICLR 2019 Quynh NguyenMahesh Chandra MukkamalaMatthias Hein

We identify a class of over-parameterized deep neural networks with standard activation functions and cross-entropy loss which provably have no bad local valley, in the sense that from any point in parameter space there exists a continuous path on which the cross-entropy loss is non-increasing and gets arbitrarily close to zero. This implies that these networks have no sub-optimal strict local minima...

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