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# Learning Linear Models Using Distributed Iterative Hessian Sketching

*Proceedings of The 4th Annual Learning for Dynamics and Control Conference*, PMLR 168:427-440, 2022.

#### Abstract

This work considers the problem of learning the Markov parameters of a linear system from observed data. Recent non-asymptotic system identification results have characterized the sample complexity of this problem in the single and multi-rollout setting. In both instances, the number of samples required in order to obtain acceptable estimates can produce optimization problems with an intractably large number of decision variables for a second-order algorithm. We show that a randomized and distributed Newton algorithm based on Hessian-sketching can produce $\epsilon$-optimal solutions and converges geometrically. Moreover, the algorithm is trivially parallelizable. Our results hold for a variety of sketching matrices and we illustrate the theory with numerical examples.