Escape saddle points faster on manifolds via perturbed Riemannian stochastic recursive gradient

10/23/2020 βˆ™ by Andi Han, et al. βˆ™ 1 βˆ™

In this paper, we propose a variant of Riemannian stochastic recursive gradient method that can achieve second-order convergence guarantee using simple perturbation. The idea is to perturb the iterates when gradient is small and carry out stochastic recursive gradient updates over tangent space. This avoids the complication of exploiting Riemannian geometry. We show that under finite-sum setting, our algorithm requires π’ͺ( √(n)/Ο΅^2 + √(n)/Ξ΄^4 + n/Ξ΄^3) stochastic gradient queries to find a (Ο΅, Ξ΄)-second-order critical point. This strictly improves the complexity of perturbed Riemannian gradient descent and is superior to perturbed Riemannian accelerated gradient descent under large-sample settings. We also provide a complexity of π’ͺ(1/Ο΅^3 + 1/Ξ΄^3 Ο΅^2 + 1/Ξ΄^4 Ο΅) for online optimization, which is novel on Riemannian manifold in terms of second-order convergence using only first-order information.

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