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Online Linear Models for Edge Computing
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Hadar Sivan, M.Sc. Thesis Seminar
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Wednesday, 11.9.2019, 11:30
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Room 601 Taub Bld.
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Advisor:  Prof. A. Schuster
Maintaining an accurate trained model on an infinite data stream is challenging due to concept drifts that render a learned model inaccurate. Updating the model periodically can be expensive, and so traditional approaches for computationally limited devices involve a variation of online or incremental learning, which tend to be less robust. The advent of heterogeneous architectures and Internet-connected devices gives rise to a new opportunity. A weak processor can call upon a stronger processor or a cloud server to perform a complete batch training pass once a concept drift is detected -- trading power or network bandwidth for increased accuracy. We capitalize on this opportunity in two steps. We first develop a computationally efficient bound for changes in any linear model with convex, differentiable loss. We then propose a sliding window-based algorithm that uses a small number of batch model computations to maintain an accurate model of the data stream. It uses the bound to continuously evaluate the difference between the parameters of the existing model and a hypothetical optimal model, triggering computation only as needed. Empirical evaluation on real and synthetic datasets shows that our proposed algorithm adapts well to concept drifts and provides a better tradeoff between the number of model computations and model accuracy than classic concept drift detectors. When predicting changes in electricity prices, for example, we achieve 6% better accuracy than the popular EDDM, using only 20 model computations.
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