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Distributed Optimization and Statistical Learning via the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers
, 2010
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Regularization paths for generalized linear models via coordinate descent
, 2009
"... We develop fast algorithms for estimation of generalized linear models with convex penalties. The models include linear regression, twoclass logistic regression, and multinomial regression problems while the penalties include ℓ1 (the lasso), ℓ2 (ridge regression) and mixtures of the two (the elastic ..."
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We develop fast algorithms for estimation of generalized linear models with convex penalties. The models include linear regression, twoclass logistic regression, and multinomial regression problems while the penalties include ℓ1 (the lasso), ℓ2 (ridge regression) and mixtures of the two (the elastic net). The algorithms use cyclical coordinate descent, computed along a regularization path. The methods can handle large problems and can also deal efficiently with sparse features. In comparative timings we find that the new algorithms are considerably faster than competing methods.
Just Relax: Convex Programming Methods for Identifying Sparse Signals in Noise
, 2006
"... This paper studies a difficult and fundamental problem that arises throughout electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and statistics. Suppose that one forms a short linear combination of elementary signals drawn from a large, fixed collection. Given an observation of the linear combination that ..."
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This paper studies a difficult and fundamental problem that arises throughout electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and statistics. Suppose that one forms a short linear combination of elementary signals drawn from a large, fixed collection. Given an observation of the linear combination that has been contaminated with additive noise, the goal is to identify which elementary signals participated and to approximate their coefficients. Although many algorithms have been proposed, there is little theory which guarantees that these algorithms can accurately and efficiently solve the problem. This paper studies a method called convex relaxation, which attempts to recover the ideal sparse signal by solving a convex program. This approach is powerful because the optimization can be completed in polynomial time with standard scientific software. The paper provides general conditions which ensure that convex relaxation succeeds. As evidence of the broad impact of these results, the paper describes how convex relaxation can be used for several concrete signal recovery problems. It also describes applications to channel coding, linear regression, and numerical analysis.
Online learning for matrix factorization and sparse coding
, 2010
"... Sparse coding—that is, modelling data vectors as sparse linear combinations of basis elements—is widely used in machine learning, neuroscience, signal processing, and statistics. This paper focuses on the largescale matrix factorization problem that consists of learning the basis set in order to ad ..."
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Sparse coding—that is, modelling data vectors as sparse linear combinations of basis elements—is widely used in machine learning, neuroscience, signal processing, and statistics. This paper focuses on the largescale matrix factorization problem that consists of learning the basis set in order to adapt it to specific data. Variations of this problem include dictionary learning in signal processing, nonnegative matrix factorization and sparse principal component analysis. In this paper, we propose to address these tasks with a new online optimization algorithm, based on stochastic approximations, which scales up gracefully to large data sets with millions of training samples, and extends naturally to various matrix factorization formulations, making it suitable for a wide range of learning problems. A proof of convergence is presented, along with experiments with natural images and genomic data demonstrating that it leads to stateoftheart performance in terms of speed and optimization for both small and large data sets.
An interiorpoint method for largescale l1regularized logistic regression
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2007
"... Logistic regression with ℓ1 regularization has been proposed as a promising method for feature selection in classification problems. In this paper we describe an efficient interiorpoint method for solving largescale ℓ1regularized logistic regression problems. Small problems with up to a thousand ..."
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Logistic regression with ℓ1 regularization has been proposed as a promising method for feature selection in classification problems. In this paper we describe an efficient interiorpoint method for solving largescale ℓ1regularized logistic regression problems. Small problems with up to a thousand or so features and examples can be solved in seconds on a PC; medium sized problems, with tens of thousands of features and examples, can be solved in tens of seconds (assuming some sparsity in the data). A variation on the basic method, that uses a preconditioned conjugate gradient method to compute the search step, can solve very large problems, with a million features and examples (e.g., the 20 Newsgroups data set), in a few minutes, on a PC. Using warmstart techniques, a good approximation of the entire regularization path can be computed much more efficiently than by solving a family of problems independently.
Structured variable selection with sparsityinducing norms
, 2011
"... We consider the empirical risk minimization problem for linear supervised learning, with regularization by structured sparsityinducing norms. These are defined as sums of Euclidean norms on certain subsets of variables, extending the usual ℓ1norm and the group ℓ1norm by allowing the subsets to ov ..."
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We consider the empirical risk minimization problem for linear supervised learning, with regularization by structured sparsityinducing norms. These are defined as sums of Euclidean norms on certain subsets of variables, extending the usual ℓ1norm and the group ℓ1norm by allowing the subsets to overlap. This leads to a specific set of allowed nonzero patterns for the solutions of such problems. We first explore the relationship between the groups defining the norm and the resulting nonzero patterns, providing both forward and backward algorithms to go back and forth from groups to patterns. This allows the design of norms adapted to specific prior knowledge expressed in terms of nonzero patterns. We also present an efficient active set algorithm, and analyze the consistency of variable selection for leastsquares linear regression in low and highdimensional settings.
Grouped and hierarchical model selection through composite absolute penalties
 Annals of Statistics
, 2006
"... Extracting useful information from highdimensional data is an important part of the focus of today’s statistical research and practice. Penalized loss function minimization has been shown to be effective for this task both theoretically and empirically. With the virtues of both regularization and ..."
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Extracting useful information from highdimensional data is an important part of the focus of today’s statistical research and practice. Penalized loss function minimization has been shown to be effective for this task both theoretically and empirically. With the virtues of both regularization and sparsity, the L1penalized L2 minimization method Lasso has been popular in regression models. In this paper, we combine different norms including L1 to form an intelligent penalty in order to add side information to the fitting of a regression or classification model to obtain reasonable estimates. Specifically, we introduce the Composite Absolute Penalties (CAP) family which allows the grouping and hierarchical relationships between the predictors to be expressed. CAP penalties are built by defining groups and combining the properties of norm penalties at the across group and within group levels. Grouped selection occurs for nonoverlapping groups. In that case, we give a Bayesian 1 interpretation for CAP penalties. Hierarchical variable selection is reached by defining groups with particular overlapping patterns. In the computation aspect, we propose using the BLASSO and crossvalidation to obtain CAP estimates. For a subfamily of CAP estimates involving only the L1 and L ∞ norms, we introduce the iCAP algorithm to trace the entire regularization path for the grouped selection problem. Within this subfamily, unbiased estimates of the degrees of freedom (df) are derived allowing the regularization parameter to be selected without crossvalidation. CAP is shown to improve on the predictive performance of the LASSO in a series of simulated experiments including cases with p>> n and misspecified groupings. When the complexity of a model is properly calculated, iCAP is seen to be parsimonious in the experiments. 1