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Learning the Kernel Matrix with SemiDefinite Programming
, 2002
"... Kernelbased learning algorithms work by embedding the data into a Euclidean space, and then searching for linear relations among the embedded data points. The embedding is performed implicitly, by specifying the inner products between each pair of points in the embedding space. This information ..."
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Kernelbased learning algorithms work by embedding the data into a Euclidean space, and then searching for linear relations among the embedded data points. The embedding is performed implicitly, by specifying the inner products between each pair of points in the embedding space. This information is contained in the socalled kernel matrix, a symmetric and positive definite matrix that encodes the relative positions of all points. Specifying this matrix amounts to specifying the geometry of the embedding space and inducing a notion of similarity in the input spaceclassical model selection problems in machine learning. In this paper we show how the kernel matrix can be learned from data via semidefinite programming (SDP) techniques. When applied
Guaranteed minimumrank solutions of linear matrix equations via nuclear norm minimization,”
 SIAM Review,
, 2010
"... Abstract The affine rank minimization problem consists of finding a matrix of minimum rank that satisfies a given system of linear equality constraints. Such problems have appeared in the literature of a diverse set of fields including system identification and control, Euclidean embedding, and col ..."
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Abstract The affine rank minimization problem consists of finding a matrix of minimum rank that satisfies a given system of linear equality constraints. Such problems have appeared in the literature of a diverse set of fields including system identification and control, Euclidean embedding, and collaborative filtering. Although specific instances can often be solved with specialized algorithms, the general affine rank minimization problem is NPhard, because it contains vector cardinality minimization as a special case. In this paper, we show that if a certain restricted isometry property holds for the linear transformation defining the constraints, the minimum rank solution can be recovered by solving a convex optimization problem, namely the minimization of the nuclear norm over the given affine space. We present several random ensembles of equations where the restricted isometry property holds with overwhelming probability, provided the codimension of the subspace is Ω(r(m + n) log mn), where m, n are the dimensions of the matrix, and r is its rank. The techniques used in our analysis have strong parallels in the compressed sensing framework. We discuss how affine rank minimization generalizes this preexisting concept and outline a dictionary relating concepts from cardinality minimization to those of rank minimization. We also discuss several algorithmic approaches to solving the norm minimization relaxations, and illustrate our results with numerical examples.
Probing the Pareto frontier for basis pursuit solutions
, 2008
"... The basis pursuit problem seeks a minimum onenorm solution of an underdetermined leastsquares problem. Basis pursuit denoise (BPDN) fits the leastsquares problem only approximately, and a single parameter determines a curve that traces the optimal tradeoff between the leastsquares fit and the ..."
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The basis pursuit problem seeks a minimum onenorm solution of an underdetermined leastsquares problem. Basis pursuit denoise (BPDN) fits the leastsquares problem only approximately, and a single parameter determines a curve that traces the optimal tradeoff between the leastsquares fit and the onenorm of the solution. We prove that this curve is convex and continuously differentiable over all points of interest, and show that it gives an explicit relationship to two other optimization problems closely related to BPDN. We describe a rootfinding algorithm for finding arbitrary points on this curve; the algorithm is suitable for problems that are large scale and for those that are in the complex domain. At each iteration, a spectral gradientprojection method approximately minimizes a leastsquares problem with an explicit onenorm constraint. Only matrixvector operations are required. The primaldual solution of this problem gives function and derivative information needed for the rootfinding method. Numerical experiments on a comprehensive set of test problems demonstrate that the method scales well to large problems.
Unsupervised Learning of Image Manifolds by Semidefinite Programming
, 2004
"... Can we detect low dimensional structure in high dimensional data sets of images and video? The problem of dimensionality reduction arises often in computer vision and pattern recognition. In this paper, we propose a new solution to this problem based on semidefinite programming. Our algorithm can be ..."
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Can we detect low dimensional structure in high dimensional data sets of images and video? The problem of dimensionality reduction arises often in computer vision and pattern recognition. In this paper, we propose a new solution to this problem based on semidefinite programming. Our algorithm can be used to analyze high dimensional data that lies on or near a low dimensional manifold. It overcomes certain limitations of previous work in manifold learning, such as Isomap and locally linear embedding. We illustrate the algorithm on easily visualized examples of curves and surfaces, as well as on actual images of faces, handwritten digits, and solid objects.
Graph implementations for nonsmooth convex programs
 Recent Advances in Learning and Control, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences
, 2008
"... Summary. We describe graph implementations, a generic method for representing a convex function via its epigraph, described in a disciplined convex programming framework. This simple and natural idea allows a very wide variety of smooth and nonsmooth convex programs to be easily specified and effi ..."
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Summary. We describe graph implementations, a generic method for representing a convex function via its epigraph, described in a disciplined convex programming framework. This simple and natural idea allows a very wide variety of smooth and nonsmooth convex programs to be easily specified and efficiently solved, using interiorpoint methods for smooth or cone convex programs. Key words: Convex optimization, nonsmooth optimization, disciplined convex programming, optimization modeling languages, semidefinite program
Solving semidefinitequadraticlinear programs using SDPT3
 MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
, 2003
"... This paper discusses computational experiments with linear optimization problems involving semidefinite, quadratic, and linear cone constraints (SQLPs). Many test problems of this type are solved using a new release of SDPT3, a Matlab implementation of infeasible primaldual pathfollowing algorithm ..."
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This paper discusses computational experiments with linear optimization problems involving semidefinite, quadratic, and linear cone constraints (SQLPs). Many test problems of this type are solved using a new release of SDPT3, a Matlab implementation of infeasible primaldual pathfollowing algorithms. The software developed by the authors uses Mehrotratype predictorcorrector variants of interiorpoint methods and two types of search directions: the HKM and NT directions. A discussion of implementation details is provided and computational results on problems from the SDPLIB and DIMACS Challenge collections are reported.
Fast gradientbased algorithms for constrained total variation image denoising and deblurring problems
 IEEE TRANSACTION ON IMAGE PROCESSING
, 2009
"... This paper studies gradientbased schemes for image denoising and deblurring problems based on the discretized total variation (TV) minimization model with constraints. We derive a fast algorithm for the constrained TVbased image deburring problem. To achieve this task we combine an acceleration of ..."
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This paper studies gradientbased schemes for image denoising and deblurring problems based on the discretized total variation (TV) minimization model with constraints. We derive a fast algorithm for the constrained TVbased image deburring problem. To achieve this task we combine an acceleration of the well known dual approach to the denoising problem with a novel monotone version of a fast iterative shrinkage/thresholding algorithm (FISTA) we have recently introduced. The resulting gradientbased algorithm shares a remarkable simplicity together with a proven global rate of convergence which is significantly better than currently known gradient projectionsbased methods. Our results are applicable to both the anisotropic and isotropic discretized TV functionals. Initial numerical results demonstrate the viability and efficiency of the proposed algorithms on image deblurring problems with box constraints.
ROBUST PORTFOLIO SELECTION PROBLEMS
, 2003
"... In this paper we show how to formulate and solve robust portfolio selection problems. The objective of these robust formulations is to systematically combat the sensitivity of the optimal portfolio to statistical and modeling errors in the estimates of the relevant market parameters. We introduce “u ..."
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In this paper we show how to formulate and solve robust portfolio selection problems. The objective of these robust formulations is to systematically combat the sensitivity of the optimal portfolio to statistical and modeling errors in the estimates of the relevant market parameters. We introduce “uncertainty structures” for the market parameters and show that the robust portfolio selection problems corresponding to these uncertainty structures can be reformulated as secondorder cone programs and, therefore, the computational effort required to solve them is comparable to that required for solving convex quadratic programs. Moreover, we show that these uncertainty structures correspond to confidence regions associated with the statistical procedures employed to estimate the market parameters. Finally, we demonstrate a simple recipe for efficiently computing robust portfolios given raw market data and a desired level of confidence.
Fastest mixing markov chain on a graph
 SIAM REVIEW
, 2003
"... We consider a symmetric random walk on a connected graph, where each edge is labeled with the probability of transition between the two adjacent vertices. The associated Markov chain has a uniform equilibrium distribution; the rate of convergence to this distribution, i.e., the mixing rate of the ..."
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We consider a symmetric random walk on a connected graph, where each edge is labeled with the probability of transition between the two adjacent vertices. The associated Markov chain has a uniform equilibrium distribution; the rate of convergence to this distribution, i.e., the mixing rate of the Markov chain, is determined by the second largest (in magnitude) eigenvalue of the transition matrix. In this paper we address the problem of assigning probabilities to the edges of the graph in such a way as to minimize the second largest magnitude eigenvalue, i.e., the problem of finding the fastest mixing Markov chain on the graph. We show that this problem can be formulated as a convex optimization problem, which can in turn be expressed as a semidefinite program (SDP). This allows us to easily compute the (globally) fastest mixing Markov chain for any graph with a modest number of edges (say, 1000) using standard numerical methods for SDPs. Larger problems can be solved by
Linear precoding via conic optimization for fixed mimo receivers
 IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing
, 2006
"... We consider the problem of designing linear precoders for fixed multiple input multiple output (MIMO) receivers. Two different design criteria are considered. In the first, we minimize the transmitted power subject to signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) constraints. In the second, we maxi ..."
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We consider the problem of designing linear precoders for fixed multiple input multiple output (MIMO) receivers. Two different design criteria are considered. In the first, we minimize the transmitted power subject to signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) constraints. In the second, we maximize the worst case SINR subject to a power constraint. We show that both problems can be solved using standard conic optimization packages. In addition, we develop conditions for the optimal precoder for both of these problems, and propose two simple fixed point iterations to find the solutions which satisfy these conditions. The relation to the well known downlink uplink duality in the context of joint downlink beamforming and power control is also explored. Our precoder design is general, and as a special case it solves the beamforming problem. In contrast to most of the existing precoders, it is not limited to full rank systems. Simulation results in a multiuser system show that the resulting precoders can significantly outperform existing linear precoders. 1