Convergence of Variance-Reduced Stochastic Learning under Random Reshuffling. (arXiv:1708.01383v1 [cs.LG])

Several useful variance-reduced stochastic gradient algorithms, such as SVRG, SAGA, Finito, and SAG, have been proposed to minimize empirical risks with linear convergence properties to the exact minimizers. The existing convergence results assume uniform data sampling with replacement. However, it has been observed that random reshuffling can deliver superior performance. No formal proofs or guarantees of exact convergence exist for variance-reduced algorithms under random reshuffling. This paper resolves this open convergence issue and provides the first theoretical guarantee of linear convergence under random reshuffling for SAGA; the argument is also adaptable to other variance-reduced algorithms. Under random reshuffling, the paper further proposes a new amortized variance-reduced gradient (AVRG) algorithm with constant storage requirements compared to SAGA and with balanced gradient computations compared to SVRG. The balancing in computations are attained by amortizing the full g 查看全文>>