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The Augmented Lagrange Multiplier Method for Exact Recovery of Corrupted LowRank Matrices
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Ranksparsity incoherence for matrix decomposition
, 2010
"... Suppose we are given a matrix that is formed by adding an unknown sparse matrix to an unknown lowrank matrix. Our goal is to decompose the given matrix into its sparse and lowrank components. Such a problem arises in a number of applications in model and system identification, and is intractable ..."
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Suppose we are given a matrix that is formed by adding an unknown sparse matrix to an unknown lowrank matrix. Our goal is to decompose the given matrix into its sparse and lowrank components. Such a problem arises in a number of applications in model and system identification, and is intractable to solve in general. In this paper we consider a convex optimization formulation to splitting the specified matrix into its components, by minimizing a linear combination of the ℓ1 norm and the nuclear norm of the components. We develop a notion of ranksparsity incoherence, expressed as an uncertainty principle between the sparsity pattern of a matrix and its row and column spaces, and use it to characterize both fundamental identifiability as well as (deterministic) sufficient conditions for exact recovery. Our analysis is geometric in nature with the tangent spaces to the algebraic varieties of sparse and lowrank matrices playing a prominent role. When the sparse and lowrank matrices are drawn from certain natural random ensembles, we show that the sufficient conditions for exact recovery are satisfied with high probability. We conclude with simulation results on synthetic matrix decomposition problems.
Matrix completion from noisy entries
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
"... Abstract Given a matrix M of lowrank, we consider the problem of reconstructing it from noisy observations of a small, random subset of its entries. The problem arises in a variety of applications, from collaborative filtering (the 'Netflix problem') to structurefrommotion and position ..."
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Abstract Given a matrix M of lowrank, we consider the problem of reconstructing it from noisy observations of a small, random subset of its entries. The problem arises in a variety of applications, from collaborative filtering (the 'Netflix problem') to structurefrommotion and positioning. We study a low complexity algorithm introduced in [1], based on a combination of spectral techniques and manifold optimization, that we call here OPTSPACE. We prove performance guarantees that are orderoptimal in a number of circumstances.
Guaranteed rank minimization via singular value projection
 In NIPS 2010
, 2010
"... Minimizing the rank of a matrix subject to affine constraints is a fundamental problem with many important applications in machine learning and statistics. In this paper we propose a simple and fast algorithm SVP (Singular Value Projection) for rank minimization under affine constraints (ARMP) and s ..."
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Minimizing the rank of a matrix subject to affine constraints is a fundamental problem with many important applications in machine learning and statistics. In this paper we propose a simple and fast algorithm SVP (Singular Value Projection) for rank minimization under affine constraints (ARMP) and show that SVP recovers the minimum rank solution for affine constraints that satisfy a restricted isometry property (RIP). Our method guarantees geometric convergence rate even in the presence of noise and requires strictly weaker assumptions on the RIP constants than the existing methods. We also introduce a Newtonstep for our SVP framework to speedup the convergence with substantial empirical gains. Next, we address a practically important application of ARMP the problem of lowrank matrix completion, for which the defining affine constraints do not directly obey RIP, hence the guarantees of SVP do not hold. However, we provide partial progress towards a proof of exact recovery for our algorithm by showing a more restricted isometry property and observe empirically that our algorithm recovers lowrank incoherent matrices from an almost optimal number of uniformly sampled entries. We also demonstrate empirically that our algorithms outperform existing methods, such as those of [5, 18, 14], for ARMP and the matrix completion problem by an order of magnitude and are also more robust to noise and sampling schemes. In particular, results show that our SVPNewton method is significantly robust to noise and performs impressively on a more realistic powerlaw sampling scheme for the matrix completion problem. 1
NonParametric Bayesian Dictionary Learning for Sparse Image Representations
"... Nonparametric Bayesian techniques are considered for learning dictionaries for sparse image representations, with applications in denoising, inpainting and compressive sensing (CS). The beta process is employed as a prior for learning the dictionary, and this nonparametric method naturally infers ..."
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Nonparametric Bayesian techniques are considered for learning dictionaries for sparse image representations, with applications in denoising, inpainting and compressive sensing (CS). The beta process is employed as a prior for learning the dictionary, and this nonparametric method naturally infers an appropriate dictionary size. The Dirichlet process and a probit stickbreaking process are also considered to exploit structure within an image. The proposed method can learn a sparse dictionary in situ; training images may be exploited if available, but they are not required. Further, the noise variance need not be known, and can be nonstationary. Another virtue of the proposed method is that sequential inference can be readily employed, thereby allowing scaling to large images. Several example results are presented, using both Gibbs and variational Bayesian inference, with comparisons to other stateoftheart approaches.
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.
Linearized Alternating Direction Method with Adaptive Penalty for LowRank Representation
"... Many machine learning and signal processing problems can be formulated as linearly constrained convex programs, which could be efficiently solved by the alternating direction method (ADM). However, usually the subproblems in ADM are easily solvable only when the linear mappings in the constraints ar ..."
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Many machine learning and signal processing problems can be formulated as linearly constrained convex programs, which could be efficiently solved by the alternating direction method (ADM). However, usually the subproblems in ADM are easily solvable only when the linear mappings in the constraints are identities. To address this issue, we propose a linearized ADM (LADM) method by linearizing the quadratic penalty term and adding a proximal term when solving the subproblems. For fast convergence, we also allow the penalty to change adaptively according a novel update rule. We prove the global convergence of LADM with adaptive penalty (LADMAP). As an example, we apply LADMAP to solve lowrank representation (LRR), which is an important subspace clustering technique yet suffers from high computation cost. By combining LADMAP with a skinny SVD representation technique, we are able to reduce the complexity O(n 3) of the original ADM based method to O(rn 2), where r and n are the rank and size of the representation matrix, respectively, hence making LRR possible for large scale applications. Numerical experiments verify that for LRR our LADMAP based methods are much faster than stateoftheart algorithms. 1
Robust Photometric Stereo via LowRank Matrix Completion and Recovery ⋆
"... Abstract. We present a new approach to robustly solve photometric stereo problems. We cast the problem of recovering surface normals from multiple lighting conditions as a problem of recovering a lowrank matrix with both missing entries and corrupted entries, which model all types of nonLambertian ..."
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Abstract. We present a new approach to robustly solve photometric stereo problems. We cast the problem of recovering surface normals from multiple lighting conditions as a problem of recovering a lowrank matrix with both missing entries and corrupted entries, which model all types of nonLambertian effects such as shadows and specularities. Unlike previous approaches that use LeastSquares or heuristic robust techniques, our method uses advanced convex optimization techniques that are guaranteed to find the correct lowrank matrix by simultaneously fixing its missing and erroneous entries. Extensive experimental results demonstrate that our method achieves unprecedentedly accurate estimates of surface normals in the presence of significant amount of shadows and specularities. The new technique can be used to improve virtually any photometric stereo method including uncalibrated photometric stereo. 1
Bayesian Robust Principal Component Analysis
, 2010
"... A hierarchical Bayesian model is considered for decomposing a matrix into lowrank and sparse components, assuming the observed matrix is a superposition of the two. The matrix is assumed noisy, with unknown and possibly nonstationary noise statistics. The Bayesian framework infers an approximate r ..."
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A hierarchical Bayesian model is considered for decomposing a matrix into lowrank and sparse components, assuming the observed matrix is a superposition of the two. The matrix is assumed noisy, with unknown and possibly nonstationary noise statistics. The Bayesian framework infers an approximate representation for the noise statistics while simultaneously inferring the lowrank and sparseoutlier contributions; the model is robust to a broad range of noise levels, without having to change model hyperparameter settings. In addition, the Bayesian framework allows exploitation of additional structure in the matrix. For example, in video applications each row (or column) corresponds to a video frame, and we introduce a Markov dependency between consecutive rows in the matrix (corresponding to consecutive frames in the video). The properties of this Markov process are also inferred based on the observed matrix, while simultaneously denoising and recovering the lowrank and sparse components. We compare the Bayesian model to a stateoftheart optimizationbased implementation of robust PCA; considering several examples, we demonstrate competitive performance of the proposed model.