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Distributed Optimization and Statistical Learning via the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers
, 2010
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Theory and applications of Robust Optimization
, 2007
"... In this paper we survey the primary research, both theoretical and applied, in the field of Robust Optimization (RO). Our focus will be on the computational attractiveness of RO approaches, as well as the modeling power and broad applicability of the methodology. In addition to surveying the most pr ..."
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In this paper we survey the primary research, both theoretical and applied, in the field of Robust Optimization (RO). Our focus will be on the computational attractiveness of RO approaches, as well as the modeling power and broad applicability of the methodology. In addition to surveying the most prominent theoretical results of RO over the past decade, we will also present some recent results linking RO to adaptable models for multistage decisionmaking problems. Finally, we will highlight successful applications of RO across a wide spectrum of domains, including, but not limited to, finance, statistics, learning, and engineering.
The Nonparanormal: Semiparametric Estimation of High Dimensional Undirected Graphs
"... Recent methods for estimating sparse undirected graphs for realvalued data in high dimensional problems rely heavily on the assumption of normality. We show how to use a semiparametric Gaussian copula—or “nonparanormal”—for high dimensional inference. Just as additive models extend linear models by ..."
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Recent methods for estimating sparse undirected graphs for realvalued data in high dimensional problems rely heavily on the assumption of normality. We show how to use a semiparametric Gaussian copula—or “nonparanormal”—for high dimensional inference. Just as additive models extend linear models by replacing linear functions with a set of onedimensional smooth functions, the nonparanormal extends the normal by transforming the variables by smooth functions. We derive a method for estimating the nonparanormal, study the method’s theoretical properties, and show that it works well in many examples.
HIGHDIMENSIONAL ISING MODEL SELECTION USING ℓ1REGULARIZED LOGISTIC REGRESSION
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"... We consider the problem of estimating the graph associated with a binary Ising Markov random field. We describe a method based on ℓ1regularized logistic regression, in which the neighborhood of any given node is estimated by performing logistic regression subject to an ℓ1constraint. The method is ..."
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We consider the problem of estimating the graph associated with a binary Ising Markov random field. We describe a method based on ℓ1regularized logistic regression, in which the neighborhood of any given node is estimated by performing logistic regression subject to an ℓ1constraint. The method is analyzed under highdimensional scaling, in which both the number of nodes p and maximum neighborhood size d are allowed to grow as a function of the number of observations n. Our main results provide sufficient conditions on the triple (n, p, d) and the model parameters for the method to succeed in consistently estimating the neighborhood of every node in the graph simultaneously. With coherence conditions imposed on the population Fisher information matrix, we prove that consistent neighborhood selection can be obtained for sample sizes n = Ω(d 3 log p), with exponentially decaying error. When these same conditions are imposed directly on the sample matrices, we show that a reduced sample size of n = Ω(d 2 log p) suffices for the method to estimate neighborhoods consistently. Although this paper focuses on the binary graphical models, we indicate how a generalization of the method of the paper would apply to general discrete Markov random fields.
Sparse Inverse Covariance Matrix Estimation Using Quadratic Approximation
"... The ℓ1 regularized Gaussian maximum likelihood estimator has been shown to have strong statistical guarantees in recovering a sparse inverse covariance matrix, or alternatively the underlying graph structure of a Gaussian Markov Random Field, from very limited samples. We propose a novel algorithm f ..."
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The ℓ1 regularized Gaussian maximum likelihood estimator has been shown to have strong statistical guarantees in recovering a sparse inverse covariance matrix, or alternatively the underlying graph structure of a Gaussian Markov Random Field, from very limited samples. We propose a novel algorithm for solving the resulting optimization problem which is a regularized logdeterminant program. In contrast to other stateoftheart methods that largely use first order gradient information, our algorithm is based on Newton’s method and employs a quadratic approximation, but with some modifications that leverage the structure of the sparse Gaussian MLE problem. We show that our method is superlinearly convergent, and also present experimental results using synthetic and real application data that demonstrate the considerable improvements in performance of our method when compared to other stateoftheart methods. 1
Sparse inverse covariance selection via alternating linearization methods
, 2010
"... Gaussian graphical models are of great interest in statistical learning. Because the conditional independencies between different nodes correspond to zero entries in the inverse covariance matrix of the Gaussian distribution, one can learn the structure of the graph by estimating a sparse inverse co ..."
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Gaussian graphical models are of great interest in statistical learning. Because the conditional independencies between different nodes correspond to zero entries in the inverse covariance matrix of the Gaussian distribution, one can learn the structure of the graph by estimating a sparse inverse covariance matrix from sample data, by solving a convex maximum likelihood problem with an ℓ1regularization term. In this paper, we propose a firstorder method based on an alternating linearization technique that exploits the problem’s special structure; in particular, the subproblems solved in each iteration have closedform solutions. Moreover, our algorithm obtains an ϵoptimal solution in O(1/ϵ) iterations. Numerical experiments on both synthetic and real data from gene association networks show that a practical version of this algorithm outperforms other competitive algorithms.
ESTIMATING TIMEVARYING NETWORKS
, 2010
"... Stochastic networks are a plausible representation of the relational information among entities in dynamic systems such as living cells or social communities. While there is a rich literature in estimating a static or temporally invariant network from observation data, little has been done toward es ..."
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Stochastic networks are a plausible representation of the relational information among entities in dynamic systems such as living cells or social communities. While there is a rich literature in estimating a static or temporally invariant network from observation data, little has been done toward estimating timevarying networks from time series of entity attributes. In this paper we present two new machine learning methods for estimating timevarying networks, which both build on a temporally smoothed l1regularized logistic regression formalism that can be cast as a standard convexoptimization problem and solved efficiently using generic solvers scalable to large networks. We report promising results on recovering simulated timevarying networks. For real data sets, we reverse engineer the latent sequence of temporally rewiring political networks between Senators from the US Senate voting records and the latent evolving regulatory networks underlying 588 genes across the life cycle of Drosophila melanogaster from the microarray time course.
Sparse inverse covariance matrix estimation via linear programming
, 2010
"... This paper considers the problem of estimating a high dimensional inverse covariance matrix that can be well approximated by “sparse ” matrices. Taking advantage of the connection between multivariate linear regression and entries of the inverse covariance matrix, we propose an estimating procedure ..."
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This paper considers the problem of estimating a high dimensional inverse covariance matrix that can be well approximated by “sparse ” matrices. Taking advantage of the connection between multivariate linear regression and entries of the inverse covariance matrix, we propose an estimating procedure that can effectively exploit such “sparsity”. The proposed method can be computed using linear programming and therefore has the potential to be used in very high dimensional problems. Oracle inequalities are established for the estimation error in terms of several operator norms, showing that the method is adaptive to different types of sparsity of the problem.