Mladen Kolar is an Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research is focused on high-dimensional statistical methods, graphical models, varying-coefficient models and data mining, driven by the need to uncover interesting and scientifically meaningful structures from observational data.
PhD in Machine Learning, 2013
Carnegie Mellon University
Diploma in Computer Engineering, 2006
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
We study the estimation of the parametric components of single and multiple index volatility models. Using the first- and second-order Stein’s identities, we develop methods that are applicable for the estimation of the variance index in the high-dimensional setting requiring finite moment condition, which allows for heavy-tailed data. Our approach complements the existing literature in the low-dimensional setting, while relaxing the conditions on estimation, and provides a novel approach in the high-dimensional setting. We prove that the statistical rate of convergence of our variance index estimators consists of a parametric rate and a nonparametric rate, where the latter appears from the estimation of the mean link function. However, under standard assumptions, the parametric rate dominates the rate of convergence and our results match the minimax optimal rate for the mean index estimation. Simulation results illustrate finite sample properties of our methodology and back our theoretical conclusions.
We study the optimization aspects of personalized Federated Learning (FL). We develop a universal optimization theory applicable to all convex personalized FL models in the literature. In particular, we propose a general personalized objective capable of recovering essentially any existing personalized FL objective as a special case. We design several optimization techniques to minimize the general objective, namely a tailored variant of Local SGD and variants of accelerated coordinate descent/accelerated SVRCD. We demonstrate the practicality and/or optimality of our methods both in terms of communication and local computation. Lastly, we argue about the implications of our general optimization theory when applied to solve specific personalized FL objectives.