On the Generalization Ability of Online Strongly Convex Programming Algorithms

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 (NIPS 2008)

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Sham M. Kakade, Ambuj Tewari


This paper examines the generalization properties of online convex programming algorithms when the loss function is Lipschitz and strongly convex. Our main result is a sharp bound, that holds with high probability, on the excess risk of the output of an online algorithm in terms of the average regret. This allows one to use recent algorithms with logarithmic cumulative regret guarantees to achieve fast convergence rates for the excess risk with high probability. The bound also solves an open problem regarding the convergence rate of {\pegasos}, a recently proposed method for solving the SVM optimization problem.