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Introducing the Power of Optimization Techniques in AI

By Pavan Saish Naru posted Sun June 04, 2023 09:41 AM



The area of artificial intelligence has undergone a revolution thanks to deep learning, which has made it possible to do complicated tasks like image identification and natural language processing at an astoundingly high level. Optimisation, a key step in training neural networks to function at their best, is at the core of deep learning. In this post, we'll examine a variety of deep learning optimisation strategies, their mathematical underpinnings, and how they help with model training and convergence.

I. Gradient Descent:

Gradient descent is a fundamental optimization technique used in deep learning. It aims to minimize a cost function by iteratively updating the model's parameters based on the gradients of the cost function with respect to those parameters.

Mathematical Formulation:

Let's consider a neural network with parameters represented as θ. The objective is to minimize a cost function J(θ) that quantifies the model's performance. The gradient of J(θ) with respect to θ is denoted as ∇J(θ). The update step in gradient descent can be mathematically expressed as:

θ = θ - α * ∇J(θ)

Here, α (learning rate) controls the size of the parameter update, influencing the convergence speed and stability of the optimization process.

II. Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD):

Stochastic Gradient Descent is a variant of gradient descent that computes the gradients and updates the parameters using a mini-batch of training samples rather than the entire dataset. This approach greatly reduces the computational burden and speeds up the optimization process.

Mathematical Formulation:

Let's consider a mini-batch of training samples denoted as B, and the cost function J(θ) as before. The update step in SGD can be mathematically expressed as:

   θ = θ - α * ∇J(θ; B)

Here, ∇J(θ; B) represents the gradient of J(θ) computed on the mini-batch B.

III. Momentum Optimization:

Momentum optimization is an extension of gradient descent that aims to accelerate the convergence process, especially when the cost function has irregular surfaces or noisy gradients. It adds a momentum term that accumulates the previous gradients and influences the direction and speed of the parameter updates.

Mathematical Formulation:

Let's denote the momentum term as v and the current gradient as g. The update step in momentum optimization can be mathematically expressed as:

  v = β * v - α * g θ = θ + v

Here, α is the learning rate, and β is the momentum coefficient that determines the contribution of the previous gradient to the current update.

IV. Adam Optimization:

Adam (Adaptive Moment Estimation) optimization is a popular optimization algorithm that combines the benefits of both momentum optimization and root mean square propagation (RMSProp). It adapts the learning rate for each parameter based on the estimates of the first and second moments of the gradients.

Mathematical Formulation:

Let's denote the first and second moment estimates as m and v, respectively. The update step in Adam optimization can be mathematically expressed as:

                                           m = β1 * m + (1 - β1) * g

v = β2 * v + (1 - β2) * g^2

θ = θ - α * m / (sqrt(v) + ε)

Here, g represents the current gradient, α is the learning rate, β1 and β2 are the decay rates for the moment estimates, and ε is a small value to prevent division by zero.


Therefore, optimization techniques form the backbone of Deep learning & Machiene learning model training, ensuring efficient convergence and improved performance. By understanding the mathematical formulations and derivations behind these techniques, practitioners can make informed choices and effectively optimize their deep learning models. 

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