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# Variance Reduced Coordinate Descent with Acceleration: New Method With a Surprising Application to Finite-Sum Problems

*Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning*, PMLR 119:4039-4048, 2020.

#### Abstract

We propose an accelerated version of stochastic variance reduced coordinate descent – ASVRCD. As other variance reduced coordinate descent methods such as SEGA or SVRCD, our method can deal with problems that include a non-separable and non-smooth regularizer, while accessing a random block of partial derivatives in each iteration only. However, ASVRCD incorporates Nesterov’s momentum, which offers favorable iteration complexity guarantees over both SEGA and SVRCD. As a by-product of our theory, we show that a variant of Katyusha (Allen-Zhu, 2017) is a specific case of ASVRCD, recovering the optimal oracle complexity for the finite sum objective.