Accelerated Coordinate Descent with Adaptive Coordinate Frequencies


Tobias Glasmachers, Urun Dogan ;
Proceedings of the 5th Asian Conference on Machine Learning, PMLR 29:72-86, 2013.


Coordinate descent (CD) algorithms have become the method of choice for solving a number of machine learning tasks. They are particularly popular for training linear models, including linear support vector machine classification, LASSO regression, and logistic regression. We propose an extension of the CD algorithm, called the adaptive coordinate frequencies (ACF) method. This modified CD scheme does not treat all coordinates equally, in that it does not pick all coordinates equally often for optimization. Instead the relative frequencies of coordinates are subject to online adaptation. The resulting optimization scheme can result in significant speed-ups. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach on a number of large scale machine learning problems.

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