Coresets for Vertical Federated Learning: Regularized Linear Regression and $K$-Means Clustering

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 35 (NeurIPS 2022) Main Conference Track

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Lingxiao Huang, Zhize Li, Jialin Sun, Haoyu Zhao


Vertical federated learning (VFL), where data features are stored in multiple parties distributively, is an important area in machine learning. However, the communication complexity for VFL is typically very high. In this paper, we propose a unified framework by constructing \emph{coresets} in a distributed fashion for communication-efficient VFL. We study two important learning tasks in the VFL setting: regularized linear regression and $k$-means clustering, and apply our coreset framework to both problems. We theoretically show that using coresets can drastically alleviate the communication complexity, while nearly maintain the solution quality. Numerical experiments are conducted to corroborate our theoretical findings.