FedLTN: Federated Learning for Sparse and Personalized Lottery Ticket Networks

Vaikkunth Mugunthan, Eric Lin, Vignesh Gokul, Christian Lau, Lalana Kagal, Steve Pieper ;


"Federated learning (FL) enables clients to collaboratively train a model, while keeping their local training data decentralized. However, high communication costs, data heterogeneity across clients, and lack of personalization techniques hinder the development of FL. In this paper, we propose FedLTN, a novel approach motivated by the well-known Lottery Ticket Hypothesis to learn sparse and personalized lottery ticket networks (LTNs) for communication-efficient and personalized FL under non-identically and independently distributed (non-IID) data settings. Preserving batch-norm statistics of local clients, postpruning without rewinding, and aggregation of LTNs using server momentum ensures that our approach significantly outperforms existing state-of-the-art solutions. Experiments on CIFAR-10 and TinyImageNet datasets show the efficacy of our approach in learning personalized models while significantly reducing communication costs."

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