Federated Representation Learning via Maximal Coding Rate Reduction

Juan Cervino, Navid Naderializadeh, Alejandro Ribeiro

We propose a federated methodology to learn low-dimensional representations from a dataset that is distributed among several clients. In particular, we move away from the commonly-used cross-entropy loss in federated learning, and seek to learn shared low-dimensional representations of the data in a decentralized manner via the principle of maximal coding rate reduction (MCR2). Our proposed method, which we refer to as FLOW, utilizes MCR2 as the objective of choice, hence resulting in representations that are both between-class discriminative and within-class compressible. We theoretically show that our distributed algorithm achieves a first-order stationary point. Moreover, we demonstrate, via numerical experiments, the utility of the learned low-dimensional representations.

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