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KSVD: An Algorithm for Designing Overcomplete Dictionaries for Sparse Representation
, 2006
"... In recent years there has been a growing interest in the study of sparse representation of signals. Using an overcomplete dictionary that contains prototype signalatoms, signals are described by sparse linear combinations of these atoms. Applications that use sparse representation are many and inc ..."
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In recent years there has been a growing interest in the study of sparse representation of signals. Using an overcomplete dictionary that contains prototype signalatoms, signals are described by sparse linear combinations of these atoms. Applications that use sparse representation are many and include compression, regularization in inverse problems, feature extraction, and more. Recent activity in this field has concentrated mainly on the study of pursuit algorithms that decompose signals with respect to a given dictionary. Designing dictionaries to better fit the above model can be done by either selecting one from a prespecified set of linear transforms or adapting the dictionary to a set of training signals. Both of these techniques have been considered, but this topic is largely still open. In this paper we propose a novel algorithm for adapting dictionaries in order to achieve sparse signal representations. Given a set of training signals, we seek the dictionary that leads to the best representation for each member in this set, under strict sparsity constraints. We present a new method—the KSVD algorithm—generalizing the umeans clustering process. KSVD is an iterative method that alternates between sparse coding of the examples based on the current dictionary and a process of updating the dictionary atoms to better fit the data. The update of the dictionary columns is combined with an update of the sparse representations, thereby accelerating convergence. The KSVD algorithm is flexible and can work with any pursuit method (e.g., basis pursuit, FOCUSS, or matching pursuit). We analyze this algorithm and demonstrate its results both on synthetic tests and in applications on real image data.
Efficient sparse coding algorithms
 In NIPS
, 2007
"... Sparse coding provides a class of algorithms for finding succinct representations of stimuli; given only unlabeled input data, it discovers basis functions that capture higherlevel features in the data. However, finding sparse codes remains a very difficult computational problem. In this paper, we ..."
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Sparse coding provides a class of algorithms for finding succinct representations of stimuli; given only unlabeled input data, it discovers basis functions that capture higherlevel features in the data. However, finding sparse codes remains a very difficult computational problem. In this paper, we present efficient sparse coding algorithms that are based on iteratively solving two convex optimization problems: an L1regularized least squares problem and an L2constrained least squares problem. We propose novel algorithms to solve both of these optimization problems. Our algorithms result in a significant speedup for sparse coding, allowing us to learn larger sparse codes than possible with previously described algorithms. We apply these algorithms to natural images and demonstrate that the inferred sparse codes exhibit endstopping and nonclassical receptive field surround suppression and, therefore, may provide a partial explanation for these two phenomena in V1 neurons. 1
From Sparse Solutions of Systems of Equations to Sparse Modeling of Signals and Images
, 2007
"... A fullrank matrix A ∈ IR n×m with n < m generates an underdetermined system of linear equations Ax = b having infinitely many solutions. Suppose we seek the sparsest solution, i.e., the one with the fewest nonzero entries: can it ever be unique? If so, when? As optimization of sparsity is combin ..."
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A fullrank matrix A ∈ IR n×m with n < m generates an underdetermined system of linear equations Ax = b having infinitely many solutions. Suppose we seek the sparsest solution, i.e., the one with the fewest nonzero entries: can it ever be unique? If so, when? As optimization of sparsity is combinatorial in nature, are there efficient methods for finding the sparsest solution? These questions have been answered positively and constructively in recent years, exposing a wide variety of surprising phenomena; in particular, the existence of easilyverifiable conditions under which optimallysparse solutions can be found by concrete, effective computational methods. Such theoretical results inspire a bold perspective on some important practical problems in signal and image processing. Several wellknown signal and image processing problems can be cast as demanding solutions of undetermined systems of equations. Such problems have previously seemed, to many, intractable. There is considerable evidence that these problems often have sparse solutions. Hence, advances in finding sparse solutions to underdetermined systems energizes research on such signal and image processing problems – to striking effect. In this paper we review the theoretical results on sparse solutions of linear systems, empirical
Face recognition by independent component analysis
 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks
, 2002
"... Abstract—A number of current face recognition algorithms use face representations found by unsupervised statistical methods. Typically these methods find a set of basis images and represent faces as a linear combination of those images. Principal component analysis (PCA) is a popular example of such ..."
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Abstract—A number of current face recognition algorithms use face representations found by unsupervised statistical methods. Typically these methods find a set of basis images and represent faces as a linear combination of those images. Principal component analysis (PCA) is a popular example of such methods. The basis images found by PCA depend only on pairwise relationships between pixels in the image database. In a task such as face recognition, in which important information may be contained in the highorder relationships among pixels, it seems reasonable to expect that better basis images may be found by methods sensitive to these highorder statistics. Independent component analysis (ICA), a generalization of PCA, is one such method. We used a version of ICA derived from the principle of optimal information transfer through sigmoidal neurons. ICA was performed on face images in the FERET database under two different architectures, one which treated the images as random variables and the pixels as outcomes, and a second which treated the pixels as random variables and the images as outcomes. The first architecture found spatially local basis images for the faces. The second architecture produced a factorial face code. Both ICA representations were superior to representations based on PCA for recognizing faces across days and changes in expression. A classifier that combined the two ICA representations gave the best performance. Index Terms—Eigenfaces, face recognition, independent component analysis (ICA), principal component analysis (PCA), unsupervised learning. I.
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.
Blind Source Separation by Sparse Decomposition in a Signal Dictionary
, 2000
"... Introduction In blind source separation an Nchannel sensor signal x(t) arises from M unknown scalar source signals s i (t), linearly mixed together by an unknown N M matrix A, and possibly corrupted by additive noise (t) x(t) = As(t) + (t) (1.1) We wish to estimate the mixing matrix A and the M ..."
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Introduction In blind source separation an Nchannel sensor signal x(t) arises from M unknown scalar source signals s i (t), linearly mixed together by an unknown N M matrix A, and possibly corrupted by additive noise (t) x(t) = As(t) + (t) (1.1) We wish to estimate the mixing matrix A and the Mdimensional source signal s(t). Many natural signals can be sparsely represented in a proper signal dictionary s i (t) = K X k=1 C ik ' k (t) (1.2) The scalar functions ' k
Sparse multinomial logistic regression: fast algorithms and generalization bounds
 IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
"... Abstract—Recently developed methods for learning sparse classifiers are among the stateoftheart in supervised learning. These methods learn classifiers that incorporate weighted sums of basis functions with sparsitypromoting priors encouraging the weight estimates to be either significantly larg ..."
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Abstract—Recently developed methods for learning sparse classifiers are among the stateoftheart in supervised learning. These methods learn classifiers that incorporate weighted sums of basis functions with sparsitypromoting priors encouraging the weight estimates to be either significantly large or exactly zero. From a learningtheoretic perspective, these methods control the capacity of the learned classifier by minimizing the number of basis functions used, resulting in better generalization. This paper presents three contributions related to learning sparse classifiers. First, we introduce a true multiclass formulation based on multinomial logistic regression. Second, by combining a bound optimization approach with a componentwise update procedure, we derive fast exact algorithms for learning sparse multiclass classifiers that scale favorably in both the number of training samples and the feature dimensionality, making them applicable even to large data sets in highdimensional feature spaces. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first algorithms to perform exact multinomial logistic regression with a sparsitypromoting prior. Third, we show how nontrivial generalization bounds can be derived for our classifier in the binary case. Experimental results on standard benchmark data sets attest to the accuracy, sparsity, and efficiency of the proposed methods.
Efficient coding of natural sounds
 Nature Neuroscience
, 2002
"... The auditory system encodes sound by decomposing the amplitude signal arriving at the ear into multiple frequency bands whose center frequencies and bandwidths are approximately logarithmic functions of the distance from the stapes. This particular organization is thought to result from the adaptati ..."
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The auditory system encodes sound by decomposing the amplitude signal arriving at the ear into multiple frequency bands whose center frequencies and bandwidths are approximately logarithmic functions of the distance from the stapes. This particular organization is thought to result from the adaptation of cochlear mechanisms to the statistics of an animal’s auditory environment. Here we report that several basic auditory nerve fiber tuning properties can be accounted for by adapting a population of filter shapes to optimally encode natural sounds. The form of the code is dependent on the class of sounds, resembling a Fourier transformation when optimized for animal vocalizations and a wavelet transformation when optimized for nonbiological environmental sounds. Only for a combined set of vocalizations and environmental sounds does the optimal code follow scaling characteristics that are consistent with physiological data. These results suggest that the population of auditory nerve fibers encode a broad set of natural sounds in a manner that is consistent with information theoretic principles. Correspondence:
Blind source separation of more sources than mixtures using overcomplete representations
 IEEE Sig. Proc. Lett
, 1999
"... Abstract—Empirical results were obtained for the blind source separation of more sources than mixtures using a recently proposed framework for learning overcomplete representations. This technique assumes a linear mixing model with additive noise and involves two steps: 1) learning an overcomplete r ..."
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Abstract—Empirical results were obtained for the blind source separation of more sources than mixtures using a recently proposed framework for learning overcomplete representations. This technique assumes a linear mixing model with additive noise and involves two steps: 1) learning an overcomplete representation for the observed data and 2) inferring sources given a sparse prior on the coefficients. We demonstrate that three speech signals can be separated with good fidelity given only two mixtures of the three signals. Similar results were obtained with mixtures of two speech signals and one music signal. Index Terms—Blind source separation, independent component analysis, overcomplete dictionary, overcomplete representation, speech signal separation. (a) (b)
Y.: Sparse feature learning for deep belief networks
 In: Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2007
, 2007
"... Unsupervised learning algorithms aim to discover the structure hidden in the data, and to learn representations that are more suitable as input to a supervised machine than the raw input. Many unsupervised methods are based on reconstructing the input from the representation, while constraining the ..."
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Unsupervised learning algorithms aim to discover the structure hidden in the data, and to learn representations that are more suitable as input to a supervised machine than the raw input. Many unsupervised methods are based on reconstructing the input from the representation, while constraining the representation to have certain desirable properties (e.g. low dimension, sparsity, etc). Others are based on approximating density by stochastically reconstructing the input from the representation. We describe a novel and efficient algorithm to learn sparse representations, and compare it theoretically and experimentally with a similar machine trained probabilistically, namely a Restricted Boltzmann Machine. We propose a simple criterion to compare and select different unsupervised machines based on the tradeoff between the reconstruction error and the information content of the representation. We demonstrate this method by extracting features from a dataset of handwritten numerals, and from a dataset of natural image patches. We show that by stacking multiple levels of such machines and by training sequentially, highorder dependencies between the input observed variables can be captured. 1