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Efficient Algorithms for Learning Depth-2 Neural Networks with General ReLU Activations
Pranjal Awasthi · Alex Tang · Aravindan Vijayaraghavan

Thu Dec 09 04:30 PM -- 06:00 PM (PST) @ None #None
We present polynomial time and sample efficient algorithms for learning an unknown depth-2 feedforward neural network with general ReLU activations, under mild non-degeneracy assumptions. In particular, we consider learning an unknown network of the form $f(x) = {a}^{\mathsf{T}}\sigma({W}^\mathsf{T}x+b)$, where $x$ is drawn from the Gaussian distribution, and $\sigma(t) = \max(t,0)$ is the ReLU activation. Prior works for learning networks with ReLU activations assume that the bias ($b$) is zero. In order to deal with the presence of the bias terms, our proposed algorithm consists of robustly decomposing multiple higher order tensors arising from the Hermite expansion of the function $f(x)$. Using these ideas we also establish identifiability of the network parameters under very mild assumptions.

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Pranjal Awasthi (Google)
Alex Tang (Northwestern University)
Aravindan Vijayaraghavan (Northwestern University)

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