# Questions tagged [l2-regularization]

For questions related to $L_2$ regularization (aka ridge regression or weight decay), a special case of Tikhonov regularization where the Tikhonov matrix is a multiple of the identity matrix.

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### How does L2 regularization make weights smaller?

I'm learning logistic regression and $L_2$ regularization. The cost function looks like below. $$J(w) = -\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{n} (y^{(i)}\log(\phi(z^{(i)})+(1-y^{(i)})\log(1-\phi(z^{(i)})))$$ And ...
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### Why does L1 regularization yield sparse features?

In contrast to L2 regularization, L1 regularization usually yields sparse feature vectors and most feature weights are zero. What's the reason for the above statement - could someone explain it ...
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### When is using weight regularization bad?

Regularization of weights (e.g. L1 or L2) keeps them small and standardized, which can help reduce data overfitting. From this article, regularization sounds favorable in many cases, but is it always ...
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### Which is a better form of regularization: lasso (L1) or ridge (L2)?

Given a ridge and a lasso regularizer, which one should be chosen for better performance? An intuitive graphical explanation (intersection of the elliptical contours of the loss function with the ...
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### Does L1/L2 Regularization help reach an optimum result faster?

I understand that L1 and L2 regularization helps to prevent overfitting. My question is then, does that mean they also help a neural network learn faster as a result? The way I'm thinking is that ...
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### Would either $L_1$ or $L_2$ regularisation lower the MSE on the training and test data?

Consider linear regression. The mean squared error (MSE) is 120.5 for the training dataset. We've reached the minimum for the training data. Is it possible that by applying Lasso (L1 regularization) ...
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### What are the consequences when we multiply, instead of add, a penalty term?

The typical objective function in regression problems like Lasso or Ridge includes a Residual Sum of Squares (RSS) term added to a penalty term based on a norm of the coefficients. What are the ...
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While training a CNN model, I used an l1_l2 regularization (i.e. I applied both $L_1$ and $L_2$ regularization) on the final layers. While training, I saw the ...