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Maximizing the robust margin provably overfits on noiseless data
Fanny Yang · Reinhard Heckel · Michael Aerni · Alexandru Tifrea · Konstantin Donhauser

Numerous recent works show that overparameterization implicitly reduces variance, suggesting vanishing benefits for explicit regularization in high dimensions. However, this narrative has been challenged by empirical observations indicating that adversarially trained deep neural networks suffer from robust overfitting. While existing explanations attribute this phenomenon to noise or problematic samples in the training data set, we prove that even on entirely noiseless data, achieving a vanishing adversarial logistic training loss is suboptimal compared to regularized counterparts.

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Fanny Yang (ETH Zurich)
Reinhard Heckel (TU Munich)
Michael Aerni (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Alexandru Tifrea (ETH Zurich)
Konstantin Donhauser (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

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