On the Link Between Optimization and Polynomials, Part 4

Acceleration without Momentum

While the most common accelerated methods like Polyak and Nesterov incorporate a momentum term, a little known fact is that simple gradient descent –no momentum– can achieve the same rate through only a well-chosen sequence of step-sizes. In this post we'll derive this method and through simulations discuss its practical …

On the Link Between Optimization and Polynomials, Part 3

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Momentum.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Valleys sculpted by trigonometric functions.
Rates on fire off the shoulder of divergence.
Beams glitter in the dark near the Polyak gate.
All those landscapes will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to halt.

A momentum optimizer *

On the Link Between Optimization and Polynomials, Part 2

Momentum: when Chebyshev meets Chebyshev.

An analysis of momentum can be tightened using a combination Chebyshev polynomials of the first and second kind. Through this connection we'll derive one of the most iconic methods in optimization: Polyak momentum.

On the Link Between Polynomials and Optimization, Part 1

Residual Polynomials and the Chebyshev method.

There's a fascinating link between minimization of quadratic functions and polynomials. A link that goes deep and allows to phrase optimization problems in the language of polynomials and vice versa. Using this connection, we can tap into centuries of research in the theory of polynomials and shed new light on …

Notes on the Frank-Wolfe Algorithm, Part II: A Primal-dual Analysis

This blog post extends the convergence theory from the first part of these notes on the Frank-Wolfe (FW) algorithm with convergence guarantees on the primal-dual gap which generalize and strengthen the convergence guarantees obtained in the first part.

Three Operator Splitting

I discuss a recently proposed optimization algorithm: the Davis-Yin three operator splitting.

Notes on the Frank-Wolfe Algorithm, Part I

This blog post is the first in a series discussing different theoretical and practical aspects of the Frank-Wolfe algorithm.

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Optimization inequalities cheatsheet

Most proofs in optimization consist in using inequalities for a particular function class in some creative way. This is a cheatsheet with inequalities that I use most often. It considers …

A fully asynchronous variant of the SAGA algorithm

My friend Rémi Leblond has recently uploaded to ArXiv our preprint on an asynchronous version of the SAGA optimization algorithm.

The main contribution is to develop a parallel (fully asynchronous, no locks) variant of the SAGA algorighm. This is a stochastic variance-reduced method for general optimization, specially adapted for problems …

Hyperparameter optimization with approximate gradient

TL;DR: I describe a method for hyperparameter optimization by gradient descent.

Most machine …