A dual approach for federated learning

Z. Fan, H. Fang, M. P. Friedlander
arXiv 2201.11183, 2022

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We study the federated optimization problem from a dual perspective and propose a new algorithm termed federated dual coordinate descent (FedDCD), which is based on a type of coordinate descent method developed by Necora et al. [Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 2017]. Additionally, we enhance the FedDCD method with inexact gradient oracles and Nesterov’s acceleration. We demonstrate theoretically that our proposed approach achieves better convergence rates than the state-of-the-art primal federated optimization algorithms under mild conditions. Numerical experiments on real-world datasets support our analysis.