OPT_ROBBINS_MONRO_SGD

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Robbins-Monro stochastic gradient decent.

- Attention
**This optimizer is only included for reference. We recommend to use the averaged stochastic gradient decent optimizer (OPT_AVERAGED_SGD)**.

- Examples

- Glossary of keywords and components

- Description of components

By default the value of the calculated quantity can be referenced elsewhere in the input file by using the label of the action. Alternatively this Action can be used to calculate the following quantities by employing the keywords listed below. These quantities can be referenced elsewhere in the input by using this Action's label followed by a dot and the name of the quantity required from the list below.

Quantity | Description |

stepsize | the current value of step size used to update the coefficients. For multiple biases this component is labeled using the number of the bias as stepsize-#. |

In addition the following quantities can be calculated by employing the keywords listed below

Quantity | Keyword | Description |

gradrms | MONITOR_INSTANTANEOUS_GRADIENT | the root mean square value of the coefficient gradient. For multiple biases this component is labeled using the number of the bias as gradrms-#. |

gradmax | MONITOR_INSTANTANEOUS_GRADIENT | the largest absolute value of the coefficient gradient. For multiple biases this component is labeled using the number of the bias as gradmax-#. |

- Compulsory keywords

BIAS | the label of the VES bias to be optimized |

STRIDE | the frequency of updating the coefficients given in the number of MD steps. |

COEFFS_FILE | ( default=coeffs.data ) the name of output file for the coefficients |

COEFFS_OUTPUT | ( default=100 ) how often the coefficients should be written to file. This parameter is given as the number of iterations. |

INITIAL_STEPSIZE | the initial step size used for the optimization |

- Options

MONITOR_INSTANTANEOUS_GRADIENT | ( default=off ) if quantities related to the instantaneous gradient should be outputted. |

MULTIPLE_WALKERS | ( default=off ) if optimization is to be performed using multiple walkers connected via MPI |

START_OPTIMIZATION_AFRESH | ( default=off ) if the iterations should be started afresh when a restart has been triggered by the RESTART keyword or the MD code. |

COEFFS_FMT | specify format for coefficient file(s) (useful for decrease the number of digits in regtests) |

COEFFS_SET_ID_PREFIX | suffix to add to the filename given in FILE to identify the bias, should only be given if a single filename is given in FILE when optimizing multiple biases. |

INITIAL_COEFFS | the name(s) of file(s) with the initial coefficients |

TARGETDIST_AVERAGES_FILE | the name of output file for the target distribution averages. By default it is targetdist-averages.data. |

TARGETDIST_AVERAGES_OUTPUT | how often the target distribution averages should be written out to file. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. If no value is given are the averages only written at the beginning of the optimization |

BIAS_OUTPUT | how often the bias(es) should be written out to file. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. |

FES_OUTPUT | how often the FES(s) should be written out to file. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. |

FES_PROJ_OUTPUT | how often the projections of the FES(s) should be written out to file. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. |

RESTART | allows per-action setting of restart (YES/NO/AUTO) |

UPDATE_FROM | Only update this action from this time |

UPDATE_UNTIL | Only update this action until this time |

MASK_FILE | read in a mask file which allows one to employ different step sizes for different coefficients and/or deactivate the optimization of certain coefficients (by putting values of 0.0). One can write out the resulting mask by using the OUTPUT_MASK_FILE keyword. |

OUTPUT_MASK_FILE | Name of the file to write out the mask resulting from using the MASK_FILE keyword. Can also be used to generate a template mask file. |

TARGETDIST_STRIDE | stride for updating a target distribution that is iteratively updated during the optimization. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. |

TARGETDIST_OUTPUT | how often the dynamic target distribution(s) should be written out to file. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. |

TARGETDIST_PROJ_OUTPUT | how often the projections of the dynamic target distribution(s) should be written out to file. Note that the value is given in terms of coefficient iterations. |

DECAY_CONSTANT | the decay constant used for the step size. |