An Optimal Hybrid Variance-Reduced Algorithm for Stochastic Composite Nonconvex Optimization

08/20/2020 ∙ by Deyi Liu, et al. ∙ 0

In this note we propose a new variant of the hybrid variance-reduced proximal gradient method in [7] to solve a common stochastic composite nonconvex optimization problem under standard assumptions. We simply replace the independent unbiased estimator in our hybrid- SARAH estimator introduced in [7] by the stochastic gradient evaluated at the same sample, leading to the identical momentum-SARAH estimator introduced in [2]. This allows us to save one stochastic gradient per iteration compared to [7], and only requires two samples per iteration. Our algorithm is very simple and achieves optimal stochastic oracle complexity bound in terms of stochastic gradient evaluations (up to a constant factor). Our analysis is essentially inspired by [7], but we do not use two different step-sizes.

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