Comment on Stochastic Polyak Step-Size: Performance of ALI-G

by   Leonard Berrada, et al.

This is a short note on the performance of the ALI-G algorithm (Berrada et al., 2020) as reported in (Loizou et al., 2021). ALI-G (Berrada et al., 2020) and SPS (Loizou et al., 2021) are both adaptations of the Polyak step-size to optimize machine learning models that can interpolate the training data. The main algorithmic differences are that (1) SPS employs a multiplicative constant in the denominator of the learning-rate while ALI-G uses an additive constant, and (2) SPS uses an iteration-dependent maximal learning-rate while ALI-G uses a constant one. There are also differences in the analysis provided by the two works, with less restrictive assumptions proposed in (Loizou et al., 2021). In their experiments, (Loizou et al., 2021) did not use momentum for ALI-G (which is a standard part of the algorithm) or standard hyper-parameter tuning (for e.g. learning-rate and regularization). Hence this note as a reference for the improved performance that ALI-G can obtain with well-chosen hyper-parameters. In particular, we show that when training a ResNet-34 on CIFAR-10 and CIFAR-100, the performance of ALI-G can reach respectively 93.5 (+8 method for training interpolating neural networks.


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