Robust Machine Learning via Privacy/Rate-Distortion Theory


Robust machine learning formulations have emerged to address the prevalent vulnerability of deep neural networks to adversarial examples. Our work draws the connection between optimal robust learning and the privacy-utility tradeoff problem, which is a generalization of the rate-distortion problem. The saddle point of the game between a robust classifier and an adversarial perturbation can be found via the solution of a maximum conditional entropy problem. This information-theoretic perspective sheds light on the fundamental tradeoff between robustness and clean data performance, which ultimately arises from the geometric structure of the underlying data distribution and perturbation constraints.


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  •  Wang, Y., Aeron, S., Rakin, A.S., Koike-Akino, T., Moulin, P., "Robust Machine Learning via Privacy/Rate-Distortion Theory", arXiv, May 2021.
    BibTeX arXiv
    • @article{Wang2021may,
    • author = {Wang, Ye and Aeron, Shuchin and Rakin, Adnan S and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Moulin, Pierre},
    • title = {Robust Machine Learning via Privacy/Rate-Distortion Theory},
    • journal = {arXiv},
    • year = 2021,
    • month = may,
    • url = {}
    • }