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A Parallel Decomposition Solver for SVM: Distributed dual ascend using Fenchel Duality

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3 Author(s)
Hazan, T. ; Sch. of Eng. & Comput. Sci., Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Jerusalem ; Man, A. ; Shashua, A.

We introduce a distributed algorithm for solving large scale support vector machines (SVM) problems. The algorithm divides the training set into a number of processing nodes each running independently an SVM sub-problem associated with its subset of training data. The algorithm is a parallel (Jacobi) block-update scheme derived from the convex conjugate (Fenchel duality) form of the original SVM problem. Each update step consists of a modified SVM solver running in parallel over the sub-problems followed by a simple global update. We derive bounds on the number of updates showing that the number of iterations (independent SVM applications on sub-problems) required to obtain a solution of accuracy isin is O(log(1/isin)). We demonstrate the efficiency and applicability of our algorithms by running on large scale experiments on standardized datasets while comparing the results to the state-of-the-art SVM solvers.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2008. CVPR 2008. IEEE Conference on

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23-28 June 2008