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NESTA: A Fast and Accurate FirstOrder Method for Sparse Recovery
, 2009
"... Accurate signal recovery or image reconstruction from indirect and possibly undersampled data is a topic of considerable interest; for example, the literature in the recent field of compressed sensing is already quite immense. Inspired by recent breakthroughs in the development of novel firstorder ..."
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Accurate signal recovery or image reconstruction from indirect and possibly undersampled data is a topic of considerable interest; for example, the literature in the recent field of compressed sensing is already quite immense. Inspired by recent breakthroughs in the development of novel firstorder methods in convex optimization, most notably Nesterov’s smoothing technique, this paper introduces a fast and accurate algorithm for solving common recovery problems in signal processing. In the spirit of Nesterov’s work, one of the key ideas of this algorithm is a subtle averaging of sequences of iterates, which has been shown to improve the convergence properties of standard gradientdescent algorithms. This paper demonstrates that this approach is ideally suited for solving largescale compressed sensing reconstruction problems as 1) it is computationally efficient, 2) it is accurate and returns solutions with several correct digits, 3) it is flexible and amenable to many kinds of reconstruction problems, and 4) it is robust in the sense that its excellent performance across a wide range of problems does not depend on the fine tuning of several parameters. Comprehensive numerical experiments on realistic signals exhibiting a large dynamic range show that this algorithm compares favorably with recently proposed stateoftheart methods. We also apply the algorithm to solve other problems for which there are fewer alternatives, such as totalvariation minimization, and
Enhancing Sparsity by Reweighted ℓ1 Minimization
, 2007
"... It is now well understood that (1) it is possible to reconstruct sparse signals exactly from what appear to be highly incomplete sets of linear measurements and (2) that this can be done by constrained ℓ1 minimization. In this paper, we study a novel method for sparse signal recovery that in many si ..."
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It is now well understood that (1) it is possible to reconstruct sparse signals exactly from what appear to be highly incomplete sets of linear measurements and (2) that this can be done by constrained ℓ1 minimization. In this paper, we study a novel method for sparse signal recovery that in many situations outperforms ℓ1 minimization in the sense that substantially fewer measurements are needed for exact recovery. The algorithm consists of solving a sequence of weighted ℓ1minimization problems where the weights used for the next iteration are computed from the value of the current solution. We present a series of experiments demonstrating the remarkable performance and broad applicability of this algorithm in the areas of sparse signal recovery, statistical estimation, error correction and image processing. Interestingly, superior gains are also achieved when our method is applied to recover signals with assumed nearsparsity in overcomplete representations—not by reweighting the ℓ1 norm of the coefficient sequence as is common, but by reweighting the ℓ1 norm of the transformed object. An immediate consequence is the possibility of highly efficient data acquisition protocols by improving on a technique known as compressed sensing.
Fields of Experts
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER VISION
, 2008
"... We develop a framework for learning generic, expressive image priors that capture the statistics of natural scenes and can be used for a variety of machine vision tasks. The approach provides a practical method for learning highorder Markov random field (MRF) models with potential functions that ex ..."
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We develop a framework for learning generic, expressive image priors that capture the statistics of natural scenes and can be used for a variety of machine vision tasks. The approach provides a practical method for learning highorder Markov random field (MRF) models with potential functions that extend over large pixel neighborhoods. These clique potentials are modeled using the ProductofExperts framework that uses nonlinear functions of many linear filter responses. In contrast to previous MRF approaches all parameters, including the linear filters themselves, are learned from training data. We demonstrate the capabilities of this FieldofExperts model with two example applications, image denoising and image inpainting, which are implemented using a simple, approximate inference scheme. While the model is trained on a generic image database and is not tuned toward a specific application, we obtain results that compete with specialized techniques.
Fast image recovery using variable splitting and constrained optimization
 IEEE Trans. Image Process
, 2010
"... Abstract—We propose a new fast algorithm for solving one of the standard formulations of image restoration and reconstruction which consists of an unconstrained optimization problem where the objective includes an `2 datafidelity term and a nonsmooth regularizer. This formulation allows both wavele ..."
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Abstract—We propose a new fast algorithm for solving one of the standard formulations of image restoration and reconstruction which consists of an unconstrained optimization problem where the objective includes an `2 datafidelity term and a nonsmooth regularizer. This formulation allows both waveletbased (with orthogonal or framebased representations) regularization or totalvariation regularization. Our approach is based on a variable splitting to obtain an equivalent constrained optimization formulation, which is then addressed with an augmented Lagrangian method. The proposed algorithm is an instance of the socalled alternating direction method of multipliers, for which convergence has been proved. Experiments on a set of image restoration and reconstruction benchmark problems show that the proposed algorithm is faster than the current state of the art methods. Index Terms—Augmented Lagrangian, compressive sensing, convex optimization, image reconstruction, image restoration,
Templates for Convex Cone Problems with Applications to Sparse Signal Recovery
, 2010
"... This paper develops a general framework for solving a variety of convex cone problems that frequently arise in signal processing, machine learning, statistics, and other fields. The approach works as follows: first, determine a conic formulation of the problem; second, determine its dual; third, app ..."
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This paper develops a general framework for solving a variety of convex cone problems that frequently arise in signal processing, machine learning, statistics, and other fields. The approach works as follows: first, determine a conic formulation of the problem; second, determine its dual; third, apply smoothing; and fourth, solve using an optimal firstorder method. A merit of this approach is its flexibility: for example, all compressed sensing problems can be solved via this approach. These include models with objective functionals such as the totalvariation norm, ‖W x‖1 where W is arbitrary, or a combination thereof. In addition, the paper also introduces a number of technical contributions such as a novel continuation scheme, a novel approach for controlling the step size, and some new results showing that the smooth and unsmoothed problems are sometimes formally equivalent. Combined with our framework, these lead to novel, stable and computationally efficient algorithms. For instance, our general implementation is competitive with stateoftheart methods for solving intensively studied problems such as the LASSO. Further, numerical experiments show that one can solve the Dantzig selector problem, for which no efficient largescale solvers exist, in a few hundred iterations. Finally, the paper is accompanied with a software release. This software is not a single, monolithic solver; rather, it is a suite of programs and routines designed to serve as building blocks for constructing complete algorithms. Keywords. Optimal firstorder methods, Nesterov’s accelerated descent algorithms, proximal algorithms, conic duality, smoothing by conjugation, the Dantzig selector, the LASSO, nuclearnorm minimization.
An augmented Lagrangian approach to the constrained optimization formulation of imaging inverse problems
 IEEE Trans. Image Process
, 2011
"... Abstract—We propose a new fast algorithm for solving one of the standard approaches to illposed linear inverse problems (IPLIP), where a (possibly nonsmooth) regularizer is minimized under the constraint that the solution explains the observations sufficiently well. Although the regularizer and con ..."
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Abstract—We propose a new fast algorithm for solving one of the standard approaches to illposed linear inverse problems (IPLIP), where a (possibly nonsmooth) regularizer is minimized under the constraint that the solution explains the observations sufficiently well. Although the regularizer and constraint are usually convex, several particular features of these problems (huge dimensionality, nonsmoothness) preclude the use of offtheshelf optimization tools and have stimulated a considerable amount of research. In this paper, we propose a new efficient algorithm to handle one class of constrained problems (often known as basis pursuit denoising) tailored to image recovery applications. The proposed algorithm, which belongs to the family of augmented Lagrangian methods, can be used to deal with a variety of imaging IPLIP, including deconvolution and reconstruction from compressive observations (such as MRI), using either totalvariation or waveletbased (or, more generally, framebased) regularization. The proposed algorithm is an instance of the socalled alternating direction method of multipliers, for which convergence sufficient conditions are known; we show that these conditions are satisfied by the proposed algorithm. Experiments on a set of image restoration and reconstruction benchmark problems show that the proposed algorithm is a strong contender for the stateoftheart. Index Terms—Convex optimization, frames, image reconstruction, image restoration, inpainting, totalvariation. A. Problem Formulation
On the Role of Sparse and Redundant Representations in Image Processing
 PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE – SPECIAL ISSUE ON APPLICATIONS OF SPARSE REPRESENTATION AND COMPRESSIVE SENSING
, 2009
"... Much of the progress made in image processing in the past decades can be attributed to better modeling of image content, and a wise deployment of these models in relevant applications. This path of models spans from the simple ℓ2norm smoothness, through robust, thus edge preserving, measures of smo ..."
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Much of the progress made in image processing in the past decades can be attributed to better modeling of image content, and a wise deployment of these models in relevant applications. This path of models spans from the simple ℓ2norm smoothness, through robust, thus edge preserving, measures of smoothness (e.g. total variation), and till the very recent models that employ sparse and redundant representations. In this paper, we review the role of this recent model in image processing, its rationale, and models related to it. As it turns out, the field of image processing is one of the main beneficiaries from the recent progress made in the theory and practice of sparse and redundant representations. We discuss ways to employ these tools for various image processing tasks, and present several applications in which stateoftheart results are obtained.
The Cosparse Analysis Model and Algorithms
, 2011
"... After a decade of extensive study of the sparse representation synthesis model, we can safely say that this is a mature and stable field, with clear theoretical foundations, and appealing applications. Alongside this approach, there is an analysis counterpart model, which, despite its similarity to ..."
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After a decade of extensive study of the sparse representation synthesis model, we can safely say that this is a mature and stable field, with clear theoretical foundations, and appealing applications. Alongside this approach, there is an analysis counterpart model, which, despite its similarity to the synthesis alternative, is markedly different. Surprisingly, the analysis model did not get a similar attention, and its understanding today is shallow and partial. In this paper we take a closer look at the analysis approach, better define it as a generative model for signals, and contrast it with the synthesis one. This workproposeseffectivepursuitmethodsthat aimtosolveinverseproblemsregularized with the analysismodel prior, accompanied by a preliminary theoretical study of their performance. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the analysis model in several experiments.
Restoration of Poissonian images using alternating direction optimization
 IEEE Trans. Image Process
, 2010
"... Abstract—Much research has been devoted to the problem of restoring Poissonian images, namely for medical and astronomical applications. However, the restoration of these images using stateoftheart regularizers (such as those based upon multiscale representations or total variation) is still an a ..."
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Abstract—Much research has been devoted to the problem of restoring Poissonian images, namely for medical and astronomical applications. However, the restoration of these images using stateoftheart regularizers (such as those based upon multiscale representations or total variation) is still an active research area, since the associated optimization problems are quite challenging. In this paper, we propose an approach to deconvolving Poissonian images, which is based upon an alternating direction optimization method. The standard regularization [or maximum a posteriori (MAP)] restoration criterion, which combines the Poisson loglikelihood with a (nonsmooth) convex regularizer (logprior), leads to hard optimization problems: the loglikelihood is nonquadratic and nonseparable, the regularizer is nonsmooth, and there is a nonnegativity constraint. Using standard convex analysis tools, we present sufficient conditions for existence and uniqueness of solutions of these optimization problems, for several types of regularizers: totalvariation, framebased analysis, and framebased synthesis. We attack these problems with an instance of the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM), which belongs to the family of augmented Lagrangian algorithms. We study sufficient conditions for convergence and show that these are satisfied, either under totalvariation or framebased (analysis and synthesis) regularization. The resulting algorithms are shown to outperform alternative stateoftheart methods, both in terms of speed and restoration accuracy. Index Terms—Alternating direction methods, augmented Lagrangian, convex optimization, image deconvolution, image restoration, Poisson images. I.
Signal Restoration with Overcomplete Wavelet Transforms: Comparison of Analysis and Synthesis Priors
"... The variational approach to signal restoration calls for the minimization of a cost function that is the sum of a data fidelity term and a regularization term, the latter term constituting a ‘prior’. A synthesis prior represents the sought signal as a weighted sum of ‘atoms’. On the other hand, an a ..."
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The variational approach to signal restoration calls for the minimization of a cost function that is the sum of a data fidelity term and a regularization term, the latter term constituting a ‘prior’. A synthesis prior represents the sought signal as a weighted sum of ‘atoms’. On the other hand, an analysis prior models the coefficients obtained by applying the forward transform to the signal. For orthonormal transforms, the synthesis prior and analysis prior are equivalent; however, for overcomplete transforms the two formulations are different. We compare analysis and synthesis ℓ1norm regularization with overcomplete transforms for denoising and deconvolution.