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Deep Neural Network Structures Solving Variational Inequalities


Motivated by structures that appear in deep neural networks, we investigate nonlinear composite models alternating proximity and affine operators defined on different spaces. We first show that a wide range of activation operators used in neural networks are actually proximity operators. We then establish conditions for the averagedness of the proposed composite constructs and investigate their asymptotic properties. It is shown that the limit of the resulting process solves a variational inequality which, in general, does not derive from a minimization problem. The analysis relies on tools from monotone operator theory and sheds some light on a class of neural networks structures with so far elusive asymptotic properties.

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The work of P. L. Combettes was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant CCF-1715671. The work of J.-C. Pesquet was supported by Institut Universitaire de France.

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Combettes, P.L., Pesquet, J. Deep Neural Network Structures Solving Variational Inequalities. Set-Valued Var. Anal (2020).

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  • Averaged operator
  • Deep neural network
  • Monotone operator
  • Nonexpansive operator
  • Proximity operator
  • Variational inequality