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Robust principal component analysis?
 Journal of the ACM,
, 2011
"... Abstract This paper is about a curious phenomenon. Suppose we have a data matrix, which is the superposition of a lowrank component and a sparse component. Can we recover each component individually? We prove that under some suitable assumptions, it is possible to recover both the lowrank and the ..."
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Abstract This paper is about a curious phenomenon. Suppose we have a data matrix, which is the superposition of a lowrank component and a sparse component. Can we recover each component individually? We prove that under some suitable assumptions, it is possible to recover both the lowrank and the sparse components exactly by solving a very convenient convex program called Principal Component Pursuit; among all feasible decompositions, simply minimize a weighted combination of the nuclear norm and of the 1 norm. This suggests the possibility of a principled approach to robust principal component analysis since our methodology and results assert that one can recover the principal components of a data matrix even though a positive fraction of its entries are arbitrarily corrupted. This extends to the situation where a fraction of the entries are missing as well. We discuss an algorithm for solving this optimization problem, and present applications in the area of video surveillance, where our methodology allows for the detection of objects in a cluttered background, and in the area of face recognition, where it offers a principled way of removing shadows and specularities in images of faces.
A Singular Value Thresholding Algorithm for Matrix Completion
, 2008
"... This paper introduces a novel algorithm to approximate the matrix with minimum nuclear norm among all matrices obeying a set of convex constraints. This problem may be understood as the convex relaxation of a rank minimization problem, and arises in many important applications as in the task of reco ..."
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This paper introduces a novel algorithm to approximate the matrix with minimum nuclear norm among all matrices obeying a set of convex constraints. This problem may be understood as the convex relaxation of a rank minimization problem, and arises in many important applications as in the task of recovering a large matrix from a small subset of its entries (the famous Netflix problem). Offtheshelf algorithms such as interior point methods are not directly amenable to large problems of this kind with over a million unknown entries. This paper develops a simple firstorder and easytoimplement algorithm that is extremely efficient at addressing problems in which the optimal solution has low rank. The algorithm is iterative and produces a sequence of matrices {X k, Y k} and at each step, mainly performs a softthresholding operation on the singular values of the matrix Y k. There are two remarkable features making this attractive for lowrank matrix completion problems. The first is that the softthresholding operation is applied to a sparse matrix; the second is that the rank of the iterates {X k} is empirically nondecreasing. Both these facts allow the algorithm to make use of very minimal storage space and keep the computational cost of each iteration low. On
The Augmented Lagrange Multiplier Method for Exact Recovery of Corrupted LowRank Matrices
, 2009
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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
Message passing algorithms for compressed sensing: I. motivation and construction
 Proc. ITW
, 2010
"... Abstract—In a recent paper, the authors proposed a new class of lowcomplexity iterative thresholding algorithms for reconstructing sparse signals from a small set of linear measurements [1]. The new algorithms are broadly referred to as AMP, for approximate message passing. This is the second of tw ..."
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Abstract—In a recent paper, the authors proposed a new class of lowcomplexity iterative thresholding algorithms for reconstructing sparse signals from a small set of linear measurements [1]. The new algorithms are broadly referred to as AMP, for approximate message passing. This is the second of two conference papers describing the derivation of these algorithms, connection with related literature, extensions of original framework, and new empirical evidence. This paper describes the state evolution formalism for analyzing these algorithms, and some of the conclusions that can be drawn from this formalism. We carried out extensive numerical simulations to confirm these predictions. We present here a few representative results. I. GENERAL AMP AND STATE EVOLUTION We consider the model
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.
CurveletWavelet Regularized Split Bregman Iteration for Compressed Sensing
"... Compressed sensing is a new concept in signal processing. Assuming that a signal can be represented or approximated by only a few suitably chosen terms in a frame expansion, compressed sensing allows to recover this signal from much fewer samples than the ShannonNyquist theory requires. Many images ..."
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Compressed sensing is a new concept in signal processing. Assuming that a signal can be represented or approximated by only a few suitably chosen terms in a frame expansion, compressed sensing allows to recover this signal from much fewer samples than the ShannonNyquist theory requires. Many images can be sparsely approximated in expansions of suitable frames as wavelets, curvelets, wave atoms and others. Generally, wavelets represent pointlike features while curvelets represent linelike features well. For a suitable recovery of images, we propose models that contain weighted sparsity constraints in two different frames. Given the incomplete measurements f = Φu + ɛ with the measurement matrix Φ ∈ R K×N, K<<N, we consider a jointly sparsityconstrained optimization problem of the form argmin{‖ΛcΨcu‖1 + ‖ΛwΨwu‖1 + u 1 2‖f − Φu‖22}. Here Ψcand Ψw are the transform matrices corresponding to the two frames, and the diagonal matrices Λc, Λw contain the weights for the frame coefficients. We present efficient iteration methods to solve the optimization problem, based on Alternating Split Bregman algorithms. The convergence of the proposed iteration schemes will be proved by showing that they can be understood as special cases of the DouglasRachford Split algorithm. Numerical experiments for compressed sensing based Fourierdomain random imaging show good performances of the proposed curveletwavelet regularized split Bregman (CWSpB) methods,whereweparticularlyuseacombination of wavelet and curvelet coefficients as sparsity constraints.
Fast Linearized Bregman Iteration for Compressed Sensing
 and Sparse Denoising, 2008. UCLA CAM Reprots
, 2008
"... Abstract. Finding a solution of a linear equation Au = f with various minimization properties arises from many applications. One of such applications is compressed sensing, where an efficient and robusttonoise algorithm to find a minimal ℓ1 norm solution is needed. This means that the algorithm sh ..."
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Abstract. Finding a solution of a linear equation Au = f with various minimization properties arises from many applications. One of such applications is compressed sensing, where an efficient and robusttonoise algorithm to find a minimal ℓ1 norm solution is needed. This means that the algorithm should be tailored for large scale and completely dense matrices A, while Au and A T u can be computed by fast transforms and the solution to seek is sparse. Recently, a simple and fast algorithm based on linearized Bregman iteration was proposed in [28, 32] for this purpose. This paper is to analyze the convergence of linearized Bregman iterations and the minimization properties of their limit. Based on our analysis here, we derive also a new algorithm that is proven to be convergent with a rate. Furthermore, the new algorithm is as simple and fast as the algorithm given in [28, 32] in approximating a minimal ℓ1 norm solution of Au = f as shown by numerical simulations. Hence, it can be used as another choice of an efficient tool in compressed sensing. 1. Introduction. Let A ∈ R m×n with n> m and f ∈ R m be given. The aim of a basis pursuit problem is to find u ∈ R n by solving the following constrained minimization problem min
Fast convex optimization algorithms for exact recovery of a corrupted lowrank matrix
 In Intl. Workshop on Comp. Adv. in MultiSensor Adapt. Processing, Aruba, Dutch Antilles
, 2009
"... Abstract. This paper studies algorithms for solving the problem of recovering a lowrank matrix with a fraction of its entries arbitrarily corrupted. This problem can be viewed as a robust version of classical PCA, and arises in a number of application domains, including image processing, web data r ..."
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Abstract. This paper studies algorithms for solving the problem of recovering a lowrank matrix with a fraction of its entries arbitrarily corrupted. This problem can be viewed as a robust version of classical PCA, and arises in a number of application domains, including image processing, web data ranking, and bioinformatic data analysis. It was recently shown that under surprisingly broad conditions, it can be exactly solved via a convex programming surrogate that combines nuclear norm minimization and ℓ1norm minimization. This paper develops and compares two complementary approaches for solving this convex program. The first is an accelerated proximal gradient algorithm directly applied to the primal; while the second is a gradient algorithm applied to the dual problem. Both are several orders of magnitude faster than the previous stateoftheart algorithm for this problem, which was based on iterative thresholding. Simulations demonstrate the performance improvement that can be obtained via these two algorithms, and clarify their relative merits.
Optimally tuned iterative reconstruction algorithms for compressed sensing
 Selected Topics in Signal Processing
"... Abstract — We conducted an extensive computational experiment, lasting multiple CPUyears, to optimally select parameters for two important classes of algorithms for finding sparse solutions of underdetermined systems of linear equations. We make the optimally tuned implementations available at spar ..."
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Abstract — We conducted an extensive computational experiment, lasting multiple CPUyears, to optimally select parameters for two important classes of algorithms for finding sparse solutions of underdetermined systems of linear equations. We make the optimally tuned implementations available at sparselab.stanford.edu; they run ‘out of the box ’ with no user tuning: it is not necessary to select thresholds or know the likely degree of sparsity. Our class of algorithms includes iterative hard and soft thresholding with or without relaxation, as well as CoSaMP, subspace pursuit and some natural extensions. As a result, our optimally tuned algorithms dominate such proposals. Our notion of optimality is defined in terms of phase transitions, i.e. we maximize the number of nonzeros at which the algorithm can successfully operate. We show that the phase transition is a welldefined quantity with our suite of random underdetermined linear systems. Our tuning gives the highest transition possible within each class of algorithms. We verify by extensive computation the robustness of our recommendations to the amplitude distribution of the nonzero coefficients as well as the matrix ensemble defining the underdetermined system. Our findings include: (a) For all algorithms, the worst amplitude distribution for nonzeros is generally the constantamplitude randomsign distribution, where all nonzeros are the same amplitude. (b) Various random matrix ensembles give the same phase transitions; random partial isometries may give different transitions and require different tuning; (c) Optimally tuned subspace pursuit dominates optimally tuned CoSaMP, particularly so when the system is almost square. I.