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Old 04-25-2013, 02:10 AM
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Question The trap of local minimum/maximum for linear regression

Hi,

I refer to the method of minimizing the Ein, as explained in the Lecture 3, slide 15.

When choosing the minimum as the point where the derivative (gradient) is zero, how can we be sure that we don't run over a local minimum, or worse, a local maximum?

Does the quadratic form of the error measure ensures Ein does not have such local maxima and minima, just one global minimum? Indeed, it seems that grad(Ein) = 0 has only one solution. Is this really the case?

If it really is the case, than choosing another error measure could yield such local minima/maxima. How can we avoid getting stuck into one of those points?
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