We study the training of finitewidth twolayer smoothed ReLU networks for binary classification using the logistic loss. We show that gradient descent drives the training loss to zero if the initial loss is small enough. When the data satisfies certain cluster and separation conditions and the network is wide enough, we show that one step of gradient descent reduces the loss sufficiently that the first result applies. In contrast, all past analyses of fixedwidth networks that we know do not guarantee that the training loss goes to zero.
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Link to the closing report.
Researchers

Niladri Chatterji, UC Berkeley, https://niladrichatterji.github.io/
 Peter Bartlett, UC Berkeley, https://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~bartlett/
 Philip Long, Google, http://phillong.info/
Overview
We show that, under two sets of conditions, training fixedwidth twolayer networks with gradient descent drives the logistic loss to zero. The networks have smooth Huberized ReLUs and the output weights are not trained.
The first result only requires the assumption that the initial loss is small, but does not require any assumption about either the width of the network or the number of samples. It guarantees that if the initial loss is small then gradient descent drives the logistic loss to zero.
For our second result we assume that the inputs come from four clusters, two per class, and that the clusters corresponding to the opposite labels are appropriately separated. Under these assumptions, we show that random Gaussian initialization along with a single step of gradient descent is enough to guarantee that the loss reduces sufficiently that the first result applies.