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The Power of Convex Relaxation: NearOptimal Matrix Completion
, 2009
"... This paper is concerned with the problem of recovering an unknown matrix from a small fraction of its entries. This is known as the matrix completion problem, and comes up in a great number of applications, including the famous Netflix Prize and other similar questions in collaborative filtering. In ..."
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This paper is concerned with the problem of recovering an unknown matrix from a small fraction of its entries. This is known as the matrix completion problem, and comes up in a great number of applications, including the famous Netflix Prize and other similar questions in collaborative filtering. In general, accurate recovery of a matrix from a small number of entries is impossible; but the knowledge that the unknown matrix has low rank radically changes this premise, making the search for solutions meaningful. This paper presents optimality results quantifying the minimum number of entries needed to recover a matrix of rank r exactly by any method whatsoever (the information theoretic limit). More importantly, the paper shows that, under certain incoherence assumptions on the singular vectors of the matrix, recovery is possible by solving a convenient convex program as soon as the number of entries is on the order of the information theoretic limit (up to logarithmic factors). This convex program simply finds, among all matrices consistent with the observed entries, that with minimum nuclear norm. As an example, we show that on the order of nr log(n) samples are needed to recover a random n × n matrix of rank r by any method, and to be sure, nuclear norm minimization succeeds as soon as the number of entries is of the form nrpolylog(n).
Matrix Completion with Noise
"... On the heels of compressed sensing, a remarkable new field has very recently emerged. This field addresses a broad range of problems of significant practical interest, namely, the recovery of a data matrix from what appears to be incomplete, and perhaps even corrupted, information. In its simplest ..."
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On the heels of compressed sensing, a remarkable new field has very recently emerged. This field addresses a broad range of problems of significant practical interest, namely, the recovery of a data matrix from what appears to be incomplete, and perhaps even corrupted, information. In its simplest form, the problem is to recover a matrix from a small sample of its entries, and comes up in many areas of science and engineering including collaborative filtering, machine learning, control, remote sensing, and computer vision to name a few. This paper surveys the novel literature on matrix completion, which shows that under some suitable conditions, one can recover an unknown lowrank matrix from a nearly minimal set of entries by solving a simple convex optimization problem, namely, nuclearnorm minimization subject to data constraints. Further, this paper introduces novel results showing that matrix completion is provably accurate even when the few observed entries are corrupted with a small amount of noise. A typical result is that one can recover an unknown n × n matrix of low rank r from just about nr log 2 n noisy samples with an error which is proportional to the noise level. We present numerical results which complement our quantitative analysis and show that, in practice, nuclear norm minimization accurately fills in the many missing entries of large lowrank matrices from just a few noisy samples. Some analogies between matrix completion and compressed sensing are discussed throughout.
Semidefinite relaxation of quadratic optimization problems
 SIGNAL PROCESSING MAGAZINE, IEEE
, 2010
"... n recent years, the semidefinite relaxation (SDR) technique has been at the center of some of very exciting developments in the area of signal processing and communications, and it has shown great significance and relevance on a variety of applications. Roughly speaking, SDR is a powerful, computa ..."
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n recent years, the semidefinite relaxation (SDR) technique has been at the center of some of very exciting developments in the area of signal processing and communications, and it has shown great significance and relevance on a variety of applications. Roughly speaking, SDR is a powerful, computationally efficient approximation technique for a host of very difficult optimization problems. In particular, it can be applied to many nonconvex quadratically constrained quadratic programs (QCQPs) in an almost mechanical fashion, including the following problem: min x[Rn x T
Approximation Accuracy, Gradient Methods, and Error Bound for Structured Convex Optimization
, 2009
"... Convex optimization problems arising in applications, possibly as approximations of intractable problems, are often structured and large scale. When the data are noisy, it is of interest to bound the solution error relative to the (unknown) solution of the original noiseless problem. Related to this ..."
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Convex optimization problems arising in applications, possibly as approximations of intractable problems, are often structured and large scale. When the data are noisy, it is of interest to bound the solution error relative to the (unknown) solution of the original noiseless problem. Related to this is an error bound for the linear convergence analysis of firstorder gradient methods for solving these problems. Example applications include compressed sensing, variable selection in regression, TVregularized image denoising, and sensor network localization.
Further relaxations of the SDP approach to sensor network localization
 SIAM J. Optim
"... Recently, a semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation approach has been proposed to solve the sensor network localization problem. Although it achieves high accuracy in estimating sensor’s locations, the speed of the SDP approach is not satisfactory for practical applications. In this paper we prop ..."
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Recently, a semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation approach has been proposed to solve the sensor network localization problem. Although it achieves high accuracy in estimating sensor’s locations, the speed of the SDP approach is not satisfactory for practical applications. In this paper we propose methods to further relax the SDP relaxation; more precisely, to decompose the single semidefinite matrix cone into a set of smallsize semidefinite matrix cones, which we call the smaller SDP (SSDP) approach. We present two such relaxations or decompositions; and they are, although weaker than SDP relaxation, tested to be both efficient and accurate in practical computations. The speed of the SSDP is much faster than that of the SDP approach as well as other approaches. We also prove several theoretical properties of the new SSDP relaxations.
Exploiting sparsity in SDP relaxation for sensor network localization
 SIAM J. Optim
, 2009
"... Abstract. A sensor network localization problem can be formulated as a quadratic optimization problem (QOP). For quadratic optimization problems, semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation by Lasserre with relaxation order 1 for general polynomial optimization problems (POPs) is known to be equivalen ..."
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Abstract. A sensor network localization problem can be formulated as a quadratic optimization problem (QOP). For quadratic optimization problems, semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation by Lasserre with relaxation order 1 for general polynomial optimization problems (POPs) is known to be equivalent to the sparse SDP relaxation by Waki et al. with relaxation order 1, except the size and sparsity of the resulting SDP relaxation problems. We show that the sparse SDP relaxation applied to the QOP is at least as strong as the BiswasYe SDP relaxation for the sensor network localization problem. A sparse variant of the BiswasYe SDP relaxation, which is equivalent to the original BiswasYe SDP relaxation, is also derived. Numerical results are compared with the BiswasYe SDP relaxation and the edgebased SDP relaxation by Wang et al.. We show that the proposed sparse SDP relaxation is faster than the BiswasYe SDP relaxation. In fact, the computational efficiency in solving the resulting SDP problems increases as the number of anchors and/or the radio range grow. The proposed sparse SDP relaxation also provides more accurate solutions than the edgebased SDP relaxation when exact distances are given between sensors and anchors and there are only a small number of anchors. Key words. Sensor network localization problem, polynomial optimization problem, semidefinite relaxation, sparsity
Sum of squares methods for sensor network localization
, 2006
"... We formulate the sensor network localization problem as finding the global minimizer of a quartic polynomial. Then sum of squares (SOS) relaxations can be applied to solve it. However, the general SOS relaxations are too expensive to implement for large problems. Exploiting the special features of t ..."
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We formulate the sensor network localization problem as finding the global minimizer of a quartic polynomial. Then sum of squares (SOS) relaxations can be applied to solve it. However, the general SOS relaxations are too expensive to implement for large problems. Exploiting the special features of this polynomial, we propose a new structured SOS relaxation, and discuss its various properties. When distances are given exactly, this SOS relaxation often returns true sensor locations. At each step of interior point methods solving this SOS relaxation, the complexity is O(n 3), where n is the number of sensors. When the distances have small perturbations, we show that the sensor locations given by this SOS relaxation are accurate within a constant factor of the perturbation error under some technical assumptions. The performance of this SOS relaxation is tested on some randomly generated problems.
Matrix estimation by universal singular value thresholding
, 2012
"... Abstract. Consider the problem of estimating the entries of a large matrix, when the observed entries are noisy versions of a small random fraction of the original entries. This problem has received widespread attention in recent times, especially after the pioneering works of Emmanuel Candès and ..."
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Abstract. Consider the problem of estimating the entries of a large matrix, when the observed entries are noisy versions of a small random fraction of the original entries. This problem has received widespread attention in recent times, especially after the pioneering works of Emmanuel Candès and collaborators. This paper introduces a simple estimation procedure, called Universal Singular Value Thresholding (USVT), that works for any matrix that has ‘a little bit of structure’. Surprisingly, this simple estimator achieves the minimax error rate up to a constant factor. The method is applied to solve problems related to low rank matrix estimation, blockmodels, distance matrix completion, latent space models, positive definite matrix completion, graphon estimation, and generalized Bradley–Terry models for pairwise comparison. 1.
A Distributed SDP approach for Largescale Noisy Anchorfree Graph Realization with Applications to Molecular Conformation
, 2007
"... We propose a distributed algorithm for solving Euclidean metric realization problems arising from large 3D graphs, using only noisy distance information, and without any prior knowledge of the positions of any of the vertices. In our distributed algorithm, the graph is first subdivided into smaller ..."
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We propose a distributed algorithm for solving Euclidean metric realization problems arising from large 3D graphs, using only noisy distance information, and without any prior knowledge of the positions of any of the vertices. In our distributed algorithm, the graph is first subdivided into smaller subgraphs using intelligent clustering methods. Then a semidefinite programming relaxation and gradient search method is used to localize each subgraph. Finally, a stitching algorithm is used to find affine maps between adjacent clusters and the positions of all points in a global coordinate system are then derived. In particular, we apply our method to the problem of finding the 3D molecular configurations of proteins based on a limited number of given pairwise distances between atoms. The protein molecules, all with known molecular configurations, are taken from the Protein Data Bank. Our algorithm is able to reconstruct reliably and efficiently the configurations of large protein molecules from a limited number of pairwise distances corrupted by noise, without incorporating domain knowledge such as the minimum separation distance constraints derived from van der Waals interactions. 1