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Stochastic gradient descent is an inexpensive and effective solution for the integration of linear models and classifiers under convex losses, in particular (linear) support vector machine and logistic regression. SGD is very purely an optimization method and belongs nowhere near specific coding families. SGD can efficiently resolve many machine languages and data-intensive text classification problems. SGD benefits include easy integration (lots of ways to modify software).

## Stochastic Gradient descent for machine learning

The Gradient Descent for machine learning is the simplest of the optimization methods. SGD is not so much related to specific coding families, but it can resolve many machine languages and data-intensive text classification problems in addition to linear model/classifiers under convex loss functions. Stochastic gradient descent can efficiently integrate support vector machines and logistic regression.SGD benefits include easy integration (lots of ways to modify software).

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## How does SGD work

This algorithm makes random choices with a certain probability that will decide which path is best to find the global minimum value in an iterative way that is known as stochastic gradient descent (SGD), starting each time at different points on the graph. However, each step is still in the direction of descent.

Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) does not need to be very complex and it can benefit from analysis to determine when path shortcuts are possible. This analysis can substantially reduce computing time in many cases.

## How much to update at each iteration

You should update them in two ways: One way is by adding a parameter "tau" which determines how big the steps are at each iteration. The second method is adjusting the steps depending on how far you are from your target minimum value. If you get close, keep taking smaller steps so that you get exactly at the minimum value. As soon as it starts moving away again, increase the size of the steps.

## What is an optimization problem

An optimization problem is a mathematical problem in which you are given an objective function to minimize (or maximize), and you must find the best possible solution. In machine learning, we are often interested in minimizing the cost function (or error), which measures how far our model is from the correct answer.

Gradient descent (and SGD) is one of many methods that we can use to solve optimization problems. It works by taking small steps in the direction of the negative gradient of the cost function, which leads us closer to the minimum value.

A property of certain functions that allows us to apply gradient descent more efficiently. Many cost functions in machine learning turn out to be convex, and we can exploit this property by applying SGD in just a few iterations.

## What is the cost function

The cost function measures how far you are from your target minimum value. Gradient descent tries to get closer to the minimum value of the cost function by taking small steps at each iteration. The smaller the gradient of the slope, the better this step leads us towards our target.

Gradient descent works best when it's applied systematically in small steps to find its way down into a valley or around a plateau until it reaches the lowest point, which will then become its local minimum value. Without any knowledge about where that might be or what that looks like, gradient descent starts exploring all around the starting point in all directions.

But there is a much faster way to find that global minimum, and this is where gradient descent shortcuts come into play.

## What are gradient descent shortcuts

Gradient descent shortcuts are techniques that allow us to reduce the number of iterations required to find the global minimum value of the cost function. One such technique is known as conjugate gradient descent, which takes advantage of the fact that the cost function is convex.

Conjugate gradient descent works by taking smaller steps in the direction of the negative gradient (or downhill) until we reach a point where it's no longer possible to take smaller steps. At this point, we know that we've reached the global minimum value of the cost function, and we can stop.

## What does non-convex function mean

A non-convex function has multiple local minima, which means that gradient descent may not necessarily reach the global minimum value of the problem. However, even when you don't know whether or not your function is convex (i.e., if it has only one global minimum), gradient descent will still work on your problem by taking smaller steps until you reach a satisfactory solution.

## How do you pick an optimal learning rate "alpha" for SGD

An optimization problem is characterized by its cost function, which measures how far our model is from the correct answer (and gives us an insight into how well it performs). The initial parameters of our model are usually chosen randomly, and gradient descent is used to find the optimal solution (i.e., the lowest point of our cost function).

Gradient descent works best when it's applied systematically in small steps to find its way down into a valley or around a plateau until it reaches the lowest point, which will then become its local minimum value. Without any knowledge about where that might be or what that looks like, gradient descent starts exploring all around the starting point in all directions.

However, there is a much faster way to find that global minimum, and this is where gradient descent shortcuts come into play. One such technique is known as conjugate gradient descent, which takes advantage of the fact that the cost function is convex.

Conjugate gradient descent works by taking smaller steps in the direction of the negative gradient (or downhill) until we reach a point where it's no longer possible to take smaller steps. At this point, we know that we've reached the global minimum value of the cost function, and we can stop.

To find the optimal learning rate "alpha" for SGD, we first need to find the derivative of our cost function concerning alpha. This is known as the gradient of the cost function, and it gives us an idea of how quickly our model is improving with each iteration.

Once we have the gradient of our cost function, we can use it to find the optimal alpha value that will lead to the fastest decrease in cost, and therefore the fastest optimization.

## What's a good algorithm to use when dealing with sparse data

Sparse data is characterized by having a relatively low number of examples compared to the overall number of features in our data set. Since it has fewer examples, our model will have more difficulty learning the correct values for the parameters that define its model, resulting in a higher likelihood of overfitting.

To avoid this problem, we can artificially add noise to our data so it becomes less sparse. However, if there are a lot of features and few examples in our data set, we can also try using an algorithm known as Online L-BFGS (least-squares quasi-Newton).

Online L-BFGS works by taking the best step size for each iteration using locally-optimal lines created in previous iterations. It's also known as incremental gradient descent, which means that it uses the most recent value of alpha to find its way downhill into a valley or around a plateau until it reaches the bottom.

Although this algorithm requires some additional memory to store our model parameters with each iteration, it can fit larger models than SGD because it doesn't rely on the full dataset to train our model. In other words, we don't need to wait until all examples have been seen before making a single update.

In addition, since Online L-BFGS is an online learning algorithm meaning that has no concept of noise or sparsity, it's a good algorithm to use when dealing with sparse data that doesn't have any extra noise.

## How do you deal with adversarial examples

Adversarial examples are examples of data that were designed to fool our model into classifying them incorrectly. They're "adversarial" because they're specifically crafted to trick our machine learning model, and they're "examples" because we either create them ourselves or find them lurking somewhere in our training dataset.

We can minimize the impact of adversarial examples by using an algorithm known as margin-based classification, which will give us more robust predictions on how well our model is doing at classifying examples correctly. This is done by giving each example an additional attribute known as the margin.

The margin is the minimum distance between our model's decision boundary and an example. For instance, if we're trying to classify images of cats vs. dogs, then it would be useful for us to know when an image is classified as a cat when it really should be classified as a dog (or vice versa).

If an example has too low of a margin, that means it will be misclassified by our model in the same category in which other examples with much higher margins will instead be classified in another category. Remember that in machine learning terms, each class is also known as a "label", so the label with the highest margin is called our separating hyperplane or support vector.

A disadvantage of using margin-based classification is that we can no longer optimize our model using a single metric, such as minimizing the mean squared error. Instead, we need to use a multi-criteria optimization algorithm that takes into account the margin for each example.

## Visualization of algorithms

A visualization of an algorithm is a technique for visualizing the steps that an algorithm takes to solve a problem. For example, you can use this technique to visualize how SGD works by drawing each iteration as it makes its way gradually towards the bottom of the cost function until it finally reaches its minimum value.

However, one disadvantage of using visualization techniques is that they typically only work on simple algorithms, while more complicated ones require multiple dimensions and therefore become confusing or even impossible to depict using a 2-dimensional computer screen.

## What's a good algorithm to use when dealing with highly-correlated features

When our data set has many correlated features (that is, they tend to have similar values), then we should try using an algorithm that uses regularization to prevent our model from overfitting on these features.

One such method is known as Lasso Regression, which automatically selects important features by forcing coefficients on some of them to be exactly equal to zero while minimizing the loss function.

We can visualize this algorithm by drawing several decision boundaries (in 2D) with different slopes. The steeper the slope, the more weight will be put on that feature when making predictions. Since it's not possible for us to draw an infinite number of decision boundaries in two dimensions, we simply draw horizontal lines at each point where the data cross one of our decision boundaries until we've reached what appears like a pretty good minimum (the lowest point on the cost function).

## What's the difference between SGD and Sgd

The difference between SGD and SGD+Momentum is that one uses a weight update equation that only looks at the parameter values themselves, while the other instead takes into account velocity estimates using what's known as momentum.

SGD also typically runs for many iterations before it starts to reach an acceptable minimum, while Momentum-based algorithms can start reaching their minima after roughly half of these iterations have been completed. Another advantage of using momentum-based algorithms is that they work well even when we reduce our learning rate substantially (which is useful if we're trying to minimize our loss function on a particularly difficult dataset).

## What's L2 regularization

L2 regularization, also known as "weight decay", is a technique that helps prevent our model from overfitting on the training data by adding a penalty term to the cost function. This penalty term is proportional to the square of the magnitude of each weight vector, which encourages our model to use smaller weights (since they'll be penalized more).

We can visualize how L2 regularization works by drawing a new decision boundary for every training example (instead of just one), and then adding a penalty term to our cost function that's proportional to the size of each weight vector. The overall effect of this is to push all of our decision boundaries closer to the center of our data set, which helps reduce overfitting.

## Stochastic gradient descent

Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) is a popular optimization algorithm that works well when our data set is too large to fit into memory. It works by randomly selecting a single training example at a time and using it to calculate a gradient descent update for our model parameters.

This approach has several advantages over traditional gradient descent, the most important of which is that it can converge much more quickly to a minimum value on the cost function. This makes it an attractive option for problems where we need to minimize our loss function as quickly as possible (such as in real-time applications).

In addition, SGD also tends to be more robust than traditional gradient descent when faced with noisy data sets or high levels of variability in the input values, since the updates it uses to modify parameters are based on a single training example at a time rather than the entire data set.

## You've mentioned non-convex problems a few times now, what's an example

As we saw earlier, our goal is often to minimize our cost function by updating model parameters until we converge on an acceptable solution (the minimum of the cost function). When this cost function is convex (which means that it consists entirely of "bowls" and straight lines), finding its global minimum becomes very easy because there's only one possible way to make each update. This makes gradient descent very powerful in these situations.

However, when our cost function isn't convex (because it instead contains many "hills" and "valleys"), the global minimum may be difficult to find using traditional optimization techniques like gradient descent. This is because, in these cases, the cost function can have multiple local minima (or even saddle points) that are all equally good solutions.

## How does gradient descent work

Gradient descent is a popular optimization algorithm that works by taking small steps downhill in the direction of the greatest decrease in our cost function. We do this by computing the gradient of the cost function at each point (the vector of slopes of all the individual hills and valleys) and then using this information to calculate an update equation for our model parameters.

This approach has several advantages in traditional methods like Newton's Method or conjugate gradient, the most important of which is that it's able to find a global minimum of the cost function in many cases. This makes it a popular choice for problems where we need to minimize our loss function as quickly as possible.

In addition, gradient descent is also very efficient when used with large data sets, since it only requires us to keep track of a single parameter (the learning rate) at any given time.

## What's backpropagation

Backpropagation is a technique used in neural networks that helps us calculate the gradients of our cost function for each layer in the network. This information is then used to calculate the updates for each weight vector in the next layer.

This approach has several advantages over other techniques that are used to compute an update for each weight vector, the most important of which is that it's able to find a cost function with multiple local minima. This makes it an attractive choice for situations where we need to minimize our loss function as quickly as possible.

In addition, backpropagation is very efficient when used with large data sets since it only requires us to keep track of a single parameter (the learning rate) at any given time.

## Batch gradient descent

Batch gradient descent is a variant of gradient descent that updates our model parameters using the average gradient for each weight vector.

This makes it more efficient than standard gradient descent when we're using smaller data sets since it requires us to keep track of a single parameter (the learning rate) at any given time.

It also has several other advantages over standard gradient descent, the most important of which is that it's able to find a much better solution on non-convex cost functions thanks to batch normalization and momentum factors. This makes it an attractive choice for problems where we need to minimize our loss function as quickly as possible.

In addition, batch gradient descent tends to be more robust than standard gradient descent when faced with noisy data, since it smooths out our learning rate.

Finally, batch gradient descent is also used as a building block for more interesting techniques like Adam and RMSProp that we'll look at later.

## What's momentum

Momentum is a trick that helps us take more confident steps downhill in the direction of the steepest decrease in our cost function. We do this by adding an exponentially weighted term to our update equation, giving more weight to recent gradients than older ones.

This ensures that we take more confident steps towards lower areas on our cost function whenever there's been a large decrease (we will always be able to find one here thanks to stochastic gradient descent).

In addition, momentum also has many benefits over traditional methods like Newton's Method or conjugate gradient. The most important of these is that it's able to find a global minimum of the cost function in many cases, making it a popular choice for problems where we need to minimize our loss function as quickly as possible.

Momentum also tends to be more robust than traditional methods when faced with noisy data, since it helps us avoid getting stuck in local minima.

Finally, momentum is also used as a building block for more interesting techniques like Adam and RMSProp that we'll look at later.

## What's batch normalization

Batch normalization is a technique that helps us reduce the variance in our cost function by scaling each weight vector in the network so that its entries are centered around 0 and 1.

This makes our learning more consistent across different data sets since the scaling process ensures that all of our weight vectors will have a similar level of variance.

Batch normalization also helps us speed up our learning process by preventing our cost function from jumping around as we update our model parameters.

In addition, batch normalization is very efficient when used with large data sets since it only requires us to keep track of a single parameter (the learning rate) at any given time.

## What's an optimization algorithm

An optimization algorithm is a technique that we can use to find the minimum or maximum value of a given function. This function might be something like our cost function, which we use to measure the performance of our model.

## When we're using an optimization algorithm, we usually have to define two things

The function that we want to find its the minimum/maximum for. A method of finding the value of this function at any given point in our code.

In addition, many optimization algorithms also require us to supply a starting point - a place where they can begin their search for the optimum.

Optimization algorithms are used whenever you need something like Gradient Descent or Random Search since they both fall under this category. They're also used almost everywhere else within Deep Learning, including Neural Networks where they're often customized into more complex forms like Adam or RMSProp. All optimization is derived from basic gradient descent but with more features.

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