Geometric Methods for Machine Learning and Optimization

11 June 2021
Melanie Weber

Many machine learning applications involve non-Euclidean data, such as graphs, strings or matrices. In such cases, exploiting Riemannian geometry can deliver algorithms that are computationally superior to standard(Euclidean) nonlinear programming approaches. This observation has resulted in an increasing interest in Riemannian methods in the optimization and machine learning community.

In the first part of the talk, we consider the task of learning a robust classifier in hyperbolic space. Such spaces have received a surge of interest for representing large-scale, hierarchical data, due to the fact that theyachieve better representation accuracy with fewer dimensions. We present the first theoretical guarantees for the (robust) large margin learning problem in hyperbolic space and discuss conditions under which hyperbolic methods are guaranteed to surpass the performance of their Euclidean counterparts. In the second part, we introduce Riemannian Frank-Wolfe (RFW) methods for constrained optimization on manifolds. Here, we discuss matrix-valued tasks for which such Riemannian methods are more efficient than classical Euclidean approaches. In particular, we consider applications of RFW to the computation of Riemannian centroids and Wasserstein barycenters, both of which are crucial subroutines in many machine learning methods.

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