Iterative Regularization for Learning with Convex Loss Functions

Junhong Lin, Lorenzo Rosasco, Ding-Xuan Zhou.

Year: 2016, Volume: 17, Issue: 77, Pages: 1−38


We consider the problem of supervised learning with convex loss functions and propose a new form of iterative regularization based on the subgradient method. Unlike other regularization approaches, in iterative regularization no constraint or penalization is considered, and generalization is achieved by (early) stopping an empirical iteration. We consider a nonparametric setting, in the framework of reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, and prove consistency and finite sample bounds on the excess risk under general regularity conditions. Our study provides a new class of efficient regularized learning algorithms and gives insights on the interplay between statistics and optimization in machine learning.