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FastAdaBelief: Improving Convergence Rate for Belief-Based Adaptive Optimizers by Exploiting Strong Convexity

Zhou, Yangfan; Huang, Kaizhu; Cheng, Cheng; Wang, Xuguang; Hussain, Amir; Liu, Xin


Yangfan Zhou

Kaizhu Huang

Cheng Cheng

Xuguang Wang

Xin Liu


AdaBelief, one of the current best optimizers, demonstrates superior generalization ability over the popular Adam algorithm by viewing the exponential moving average of observed gradients. AdaBelief is theoretically appealing in which it has a data-dependent O(√T) regret bound when objective functions are convex, where T is a time horizon. It remains, however, an open problem whether the convergence rate can be further improved without sacrificing its generalization ability. To this end, we make the first attempt in this work and design a novel optimization algorithm called FastAdaBelief that aims to exploit its strong convexity in order to achieve an even faster convergence rate. In particular, by adjusting the step size that better considers strong convexity and prevents fluctuation, our proposed FastAdaBelief demonstrates excellent generalization ability and superior convergence. As an important theoretical contribution, we prove that FastAdaBelief attains a data-dependent O(log T) regret bound, which is substantially lower than AdaBelief in strongly convex cases. On the empirical side, we validate our theoretical analysis with extensive experiments in scenarios of strong convexity and nonconvexity using three popular baseline models. Experimental results are very encouraging: FastAdaBelief converges the quickest in comparison to all mainstream algorithms while maintaining an excellent generalization ability, in cases of both strong convexity or nonconvexity. FastAdaBelief is, thus, posited as a new benchmark model for the research community.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 12, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 10, 2022
Publication Date 2023-09
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 8, 2022
Journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Print ISSN 2162-237X
Electronic ISSN 2162-2388
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 9
Pages 6515 - 6529
Keywords Adaptive Learning Rate, Stochastic Gradient Descent, Online Learning, Optimization Algorithm, Strong Convexity
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