Towards a Mathematical Theory of Machine Learning

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**Resume: **

**1.-** Machine learning involves solving standard mathematical problems in high dimensions, like function approximation and probability distribution estimation.

**2.-** Supervised learning aims to approximate a target function using finite training data.

**3.-** Unsupervised learning, like generating fake faces, approximates underlying probability distributions using finite samples.

**4.-** Reinforcement learning solves Bellman equations for Markov decision processes.

**5.-** Classical approximation theory suffers from the curse of dimensionality, with error scaling poorly as dimensionality increases.

**6.-** Deep neural networks appear to perform better in high dimensions than classical methods.

**7.-** Total error can be decomposed into approximation error, estimation error, and optimization error.

**8.-** Monte Carlo methods can achieve dimension-independent convergence rates for certain problems like integration.

**9.-** Two-layer neural networks can be represented as expectations, allowing for Monte Carlo-like approximations.

**10.-** Random feature models are associated with reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces (RKHS).

**11.-** Barron spaces are associated with two-layer neural networks and admit integral representations.

**12.-** Direct and inverse approximation theorems establish relationships between function spaces and neural network approximations.

**13.-** Rademacher complexity measures a function space's ability to fit random noise on data points.

**14.-** Regularized models can achieve Monte Carlo convergence rates for both approximation and estimation errors.

**15.-** Gradient descent training faces challenges in high dimensions due to the similarity of gradients for orthonormal functions.

**16.-** The neural tangent kernel regime occurs in highly overparameterized networks but may not improve upon random feature models.

**17.-** Mean field formulation expresses neural network training as a gradient flow on the Wasserstein metric.

**18.-** Global minimizers in overparameterized regimes form submanifolds with dimension related to parameter and data counts.

**19.-** Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) exhibits an "escape phenomenon," potentially finding better solutions than gradient descent (GD).

**20.-** SGD stability analysis reveals preferences for more uniform solutions compared to GD.

**21.-** The "flat minima hypothesis" suggests SGD converges to flatter solutions that generalize better.

**22.-** SDE analysis of SGD dynamics supports the idea that it moves towards flatter minima.

**23.-** Unsupervised learning faces challenges with memorization phenomena in methods like GANs.

**24.-** Recurrent neural networks encounter a "curse of memory" when approximating dynamical systems with long-term dependencies.

**25.-** Reinforcement learning lacks substantial results for high-dimensional state and action spaces.

**26.-** Understanding high-dimensional functions is a major new problem for mathematics.

**27.-** Global minima selection in later stages of training is an important aspect of neural network behavior.

**28.-** Insights can be gained through carefully designed numerical experiments and asymptotic analysis.

**29.-** Early stopping can sometimes improve generalization, but isn't always effective (e.g., in NTK regime).

**30.-** Machine learning theory combines challenges from function approximation, algebra, learning dynamical systems, and probability distributions.

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