Sequential minimum optimization is a machine learning global search training algorithm. It is applicable when the functional dependence of the cost function on a tunable parameter given the other parameters can be cheaply determined. This assumption is satisfied by quantum circuits built of known gates. We apply it to photonic circuits where the additional challenge appears: low frequency of coincidence events lowers the speed of the algorithm. We propose to modify the algorithm such that small sample size estimators are enough to successfully run the machine learning task. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the modified algorithm applying it to a photonic classifier with data reuploading.

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