Population Expansion for Training Language Models with Private Federated Learning

Federated learning (FL) combined with differential privacy (DP) offers machine learning (ML) training with distributed devices and with a formal privacy guarantee. With a large population of devices, FL with DP produces a performant model in a timely manner. However, for applications with a smaller population, not only does the model utility degrade as the DP noise is inversely proportional to population, but also the training latency increases since waiting for enough clients to become available from a smaller pool is slower. In this work, we thus propose expanding the population based on…

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