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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 151, 11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020)

The problem of constructing error-resilient interactive protocols was introduced in the seminal works of Schulman (FOCS 1992, STOC 1993). These works show how to convert any two-party interactive protocol into one that is resilient to constant-fraction of error, while blowing up the communication by only a constant factor. Since these seminal works, there have been many followup works which improve the error rate, the communication rate, and the computational efficiency.
All these works only consider only an increase in communication complexity and did not consider an increase in round complexity. This work is the first one that considers the blowup of round complexity in noisy setting. While techniques from other papers can be easily adapted encode protocols with arbitrarily round complexity this coding schemes will lead to large(and usually unbounded) increase in round complexity of the protocol.
In this work, we show how to convert any protocol Π, with no a priori known communication bound, into an error-resilient protocol Π', with comparable computational efficiency, that is resilient to constant fraction of adversarial error, while blowing up both the communication complexity and the round complexity by at most a constant factor. We consider the model where in each round each party may send a message of arbitrary length, where the length of the messages and the length of the protocol may be adaptive, and may depend on the private inputs of the parties and on previous communication. We consider the adversarial error model, where ε-fraction of the communication may be corrupted, where we allow each corruption to be an insertion or deletion (in addition to toggle).
In addition, we try to minimize the blowup parameters: In particular, we construct such Π' with (1+Õ(ε^(1/4))) blowup in communication and O(1) blowup in rounds. We also show how to reduce the blowup in rounds at the expense of increasing the blowup in communication, and construct Π' where both the blowup in rounds and communication, approaches one (i.e., no blowup) as ε approaches zero. We give "evidence" that our parameters are "close to" optimal.

Klim Efremenko, Elad Haramaty, and Yael Tauman Kalai. Interactive Coding with Constant Round and Communication Blowup. In 11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 151, pp. 7:1-7:34, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)

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@InProceedings{efremenko_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.7, author = {Efremenko, Klim and Haramaty, Elad and Kalai, Yael Tauman}, title = {{Interactive Coding with Constant Round and Communication Blowup}}, booktitle = {11th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2020)}, pages = {7:1--7:34}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-134-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2020}, volume = {151}, editor = {Vidick, Thomas}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.7}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-116927}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2020.7}, annote = {Keywords: Interactive Coding, Round Complexity, Error Correcting Codes} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 287, 15th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2024)

Multicalibration is a notion of fairness for predictors that requires them to provide calibrated predictions across a large set of protected groups. Multicalibration is known to be a distinct goal than loss minimization, even for simple predictors such as linear functions.
In this work, we consider the setting where the protected groups can be represented by neural networks of size k, and the predictors are neural networks of size n > k. We show that minimizing the squared loss over all neural nets of size n implies multicalibration for all but a bounded number of unlucky values of n. We also give evidence that our bound on the number of unlucky values is tight, given our proof technique. Previously, results of the flavor that loss minimization yields multicalibration were known only for predictors that were near the ground truth, hence were rather limited in applicability. Unlike these, our results rely on the expressivity of neural nets and utilize the representation of the predictor.

Jarosław Błasiok, Parikshit Gopalan, Lunjia Hu, Adam Tauman Kalai, and Preetum Nakkiran. Loss Minimization Yields Multicalibration for Large Neural Networks. In 15th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 287, pp. 17:1-17:21, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{blasiok_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2024.17, author = {B{\l}asiok, Jaros{\l}aw and Gopalan, Parikshit and Hu, Lunjia and Kalai, Adam Tauman and Nakkiran, Preetum}, title = {{Loss Minimization Yields Multicalibration for Large Neural Networks}}, booktitle = {15th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2024)}, pages = {17:1--17:21}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-309-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {287}, editor = {Guruswami, Venkatesan}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2024.17}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-195452}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2024.17}, annote = {Keywords: Multi-group fairness, loss minimization, neural networks} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 215, 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)

Loss minimization is a dominant paradigm in machine learning, where a predictor is trained to minimize some loss function that depends on an uncertain event (e.g., "will it rain tomorrow?"). Different loss functions imply different learning algorithms and, at times, very different predictors. While widespread and appealing, a clear drawback of this approach is that the loss function may not be known at the time of learning, requiring the algorithm to use a best-guess loss function. Alternatively, the same classifier may be used to inform multiple decisions, which correspond to multiple loss functions, requiring multiple learning algorithms to be run on the same data. We suggest a rigorous new paradigm for loss minimization in machine learning where the loss function can be ignored at the time of learning and only be taken into account when deciding an action.
We introduce the notion of an (L,𝒞)-omnipredictor, which could be used to optimize any loss in a family L. Once the loss function is set, the outputs of the predictor can be post-processed (a simple univariate data-independent transformation of individual predictions) to do well compared with any hypothesis from the class C. The post processing is essentially what one would perform if the outputs of the predictor were true probabilities of the uncertain events. In a sense, omnipredictors extract all the predictive power from the class 𝒞, irrespective of the loss function in L.
We show that such "loss-oblivious" learning is feasible through a connection to multicalibration, a notion introduced in the context of algorithmic fairness. A multicalibrated predictor doesn’t aim to minimize some loss function, but rather to make calibrated predictions, even when conditioned on inputs lying in certain sets c belonging to a family 𝒞 which is weakly learnable. We show that a 𝒞-multicalibrated predictor is also an (L,𝒞)-omnipredictor, where L contains all convex loss functions with some mild Lipschitz conditions. The predictors are even omnipredictors with respect to sparse linear combinations of functions in 𝒞. As a corollary, we deduce that distribution-specific weak agnostic learning is complete for a large class of loss minimization tasks.
In addition, we show how multicalibration can be viewed as a solution concept for agnostic boosting, shedding new light on past results. Finally, we transfer our insights back to the context of algorithmic fairness by providing omnipredictors for multi-group loss minimization.

Parikshit Gopalan, Adam Tauman Kalai, Omer Reingold, Vatsal Sharan, and Udi Wieder. Omnipredictors. In 13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 215, pp. 79:1-79:21, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{gopalan_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.79, author = {Gopalan, Parikshit and Kalai, Adam Tauman and Reingold, Omer and Sharan, Vatsal and Wieder, Udi}, title = {{Omnipredictors}}, booktitle = {13th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2022)}, pages = {79:1--79:21}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-217-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {215}, editor = {Braverman, Mark}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.79}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-156755}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2022.79}, annote = {Keywords: Loss-minimzation, multi-group fairness, agnostic learning, boosting} }

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