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Most Neural Networks Are Almost Learnable

Amit Daniely · Nati Srebro · Gal Vardi

Abstract: We present a PTAS for learning random constant-depth networks. We show that for any fixed $\epsilon>0$ and depth $i$, there is a poly-time algorithm that for any distribution on $\sqrt{d} \cdot \mathbb{S}^{d-1}$ learns random Xavier networks of depth $i$, up to an additive error of $\epsilon$. The algorithm runs in time and sample complexity of $(\bar{d})^{\mathrm{poly}(\epsilon^{-1})}$, where $\bar d$ is the size of the network. For some cases of sigmoid and ReLU-like activations the bound can be improved to $(\bar{d})^{\mathrm{polylog}(\epsilon^{-1})}$, resulting in a quasi-poly-time algorithm for learning constant depth random networks.

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