Experimental Procedures for Exploiting Structure in AutoML Loss Landscapes

Experimental Procedures for Exploiting Structure in AutoML Loss Landscapes

Yasha Pushak, Holger Hoos

25 July 2022

Recent observations regarding the structural simplicity of algorithm configuration landscapes have spurred the development of new configurators that obtain provably and empirically better performance. Inspired by these observations, we recently performed a similar analysis of AutoML Loss Landscapes – that is, the relationship between hyper-parameter configurations and machine learning model performance. In this study, we propose two new variations of an existing, state-of-the-art hyper-parameter configuration procedure. We designed each method to exploit a specific property that we observed common among most AutoML loss landscapes; however, we demonstrate that neither are competitive with existing baselines. In light of this result, we construct artificial algorithm configuration scenarios that allow us to show when the two new methods can be expected to outperform their baselines and when they cannot, thereby providing additional insights into AutoML loss landscapes.


Venue : The Late-Breaking Workshop at the First International AutoML Conference