Modern machine learning heavily relies on optimization to solve complex problems in various fields like computer vision, natural language processing, and reinforcement learning. The choice of learning rates plays a crucial role in achieving fast convergence and high-quality solutions. However, in applications with multiple agents, tuning the learning rate becomes more challenging. While hand-tuned optimizers work well, they require expert skills and are time-consuming. That’s why “parameter-free” adaptive learning rate methods like the D-Adaptation approach have gained popularity in recent years.
The research team from Samsung AI Center and Meta AI has introduced two changes to the D-Adaptation method called Prodigy and Resetting. These changes aim to improve the worst-case non-asymptotic convergence rate of the D-Adaptation method, leading to faster convergence rates and better optimization outputs.
The authors of the research have made two novel adjustments to improve the convergence rate of the D-Adaptation method. These adjustments enhance the algorithm’s speed of convergence and solution quality performance by tweaking the adaptive learning rate method. They have also established a lower bound to validate the proposed adjustments, showing that the enhanced approaches are optimal in worst-case scenarios. Extensive tests have revealed that the improved D-Adaptation methods effectively adjust the learning rate, leading to superior convergence rates and optimization outcomes.
The team’s innovative strategy involves modifying the D-Adaptation’s error term using Adagrad-like step sizes. This allows researchers to take larger steps confidently while maintaining the main error term, resulting in faster convergence. The algorithm slows down when the denominator in the step size becomes too large, so the researchers have also added weights next to the gradients for additional control.
To evaluate the proposed techniques, the researchers have solved convex logistic regression and other complex learning challenges through empirical investigations. In multiple studies, Prodigy has shown faster adoption compared to other approaches. D-Adaptation with resetting achieves the same theoretical rate as Prodigy but with a simpler theory. Moreover, the proposed methods often outperform the D-Adaptation algorithm and can achieve test accuracy similar to hand-tuned Adam.
Overall, two recently proposed methods have surpassed the state-of-the-art D-adaption approach for learning rate adaption. Extensive experimental evidence confirms that Prodigy, a weighted D-Adaptation variant, is more adaptive than existing approaches. The second method, D-Adaptation with resetting, can match the theoretical pace of Prodigy with a less complex theory.
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