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1 SIERRA - Statistical Machine Learning and Parsimony DI-ENS - Département d-informatique de l-École normale supérieure, ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Inria de Paris 2 LIENS - Laboratoire d-informatique de l-école normale supérieure 3 CREST - Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique

Abstract : The minimization of convex functions which are only available through partial and noisy information is a key methodological problem in many disciplines. In this paper we consider convex optimization with noisy zero-th order information, that is noisy function evaluations at any desired point. We focus on problems with high degrees of smoothness, such as logistic regression. We show that as opposed to gradient-based algorithms, high-order smoothness may be used to improve estimation rates, with a precise dependence of our upper-bounds on the degree of smoothness. In particular, we show that for infinitely differentiable functions, we recover the same dependence on sample size as gradient-based algorithms, with an extra dimension-dependent factor. This is done for both convex and strongly-convex functions, with finite horizon and anytime algorithms. Finally, we also recover similar results in the online optimization setting.

Keywords : Online learning Optimization Smoothness





Author: Francis Bach - Vianney Perchet -

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