[Theory Seminar] Enayat Ullah

February 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Enayat Ullah
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University

Title: Machine unlearning via algorithmic stability

Abstract: We study the problem of machine unlearning, and identify a notion of algorithmic stability, Total Variation (TV) stability, which we argue, is suitable for the goal of exact efficient unlearning. For convex risk minimization problems, we design TV-stable algorithms based on noisy Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD). Our key contribution is the design of corresponding efficient unlearning algorithms, which are based on constructing a (maximal) coupling of Markov chains for the noisy SGD procedure. To understand the trade-offs between accuracy and unlearning efficiency, we give upper and lower bounds on excess empirical and population risk of TV stable algorithms for convex risk minimization. Our techniques generalize to arbitrary non-convex functions, and our algorithms are differentially private as well.