Authors

JIAXIN CHEN, Xiao-Ming Wu, Yanke Li, Qimai LI, Li-Ming Zhan, Fu-lai Chung

Abstract

The support/query (S/Q) episodic training strategy has been widely used in modern meta-learning algorithms and is believed to improve their generalization ability to test environments. This paper conducts a theoretical investigation of this training strategy on generalization. From a stability perspective, we analyze the generalization error bound of generic meta-learning algorithms trained with such strategy. We show that the S/Q episodic training strategy naturally leads to a counterintuitive generalization bound of $O(1/\sqrt{n})$, which only depends on the task number $n$ but independent of the inner-task sample size $m$. Under the common assumption \$m<