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# Stochastic Weakly Convex Optimization beyond Lipschitz Continuity

*Proceedings of the 41st International Conference on Machine Learning*, PMLR 235:14651-14680, 2024.

#### Abstract

This paper considers stochastic weakly convex optimization without the standard Lipschitz continuity assumption. Based on new adaptive regularization (stepsize) strategies, we show that a wide class of stochastic algorithms, including the stochastic subgradient method, preserve the $\mathcal{O} ( 1 / \sqrt{K})$ convergence rate with constant failure rate. Our analyses rest on rather weak assumptions: the Lipschitz parameter can be either bounded by a general growth function of $\\|x\\|$ or locally estimated through independent random samples. Numerical experiments demonstrate the efficiency and robustness of our proposed stepsize policies.