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Guaranteed minimumrank solutions of linear matrix equations via nuclear norm minimization
, 2007
"... 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 ..."
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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 sufficiently large. 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.
Sparsest solutions of underdetermined linear systems via ℓ
"... We present a condition on the matrix of an underdetermined linear system which guarantees that the solution of the system with minimal ℓqquasinorm is also the sparsest one. This generalizes, and sightly improves, a similar result for the ℓ1norm. We then introduce a simple numerical scheme to compu ..."
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We present a condition on the matrix of an underdetermined linear system which guarantees that the solution of the system with minimal ℓqquasinorm is also the sparsest one. This generalizes, and sightly improves, a similar result for the ℓ1norm. We then introduce a simple numerical scheme to compute solutions with minimal ℓqquasinorm, and we study its convergence. Finally, we display the results of some experiments which indicate that the ℓqmethod performs better than other available methods. 1
Iteratively reweighted algorithms for compressive sensing
 in 33rd International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP
, 2008
"... The theory of compressive sensing has shown that sparse signals can be reconstructed exactly from many fewer measurements than traditionally believed necessary. In [1], it was shown empirically that using ℓ p minimization with p < 1 can do so with fewer measurements than with p = 1. In this paper ..."
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The theory of compressive sensing has shown that sparse signals can be reconstructed exactly from many fewer measurements than traditionally believed necessary. In [1], it was shown empirically that using ℓ p minimization with p < 1 can do so with fewer measurements than with p = 1. In this paper we consider the use of iteratively reweighted algorithms for computing local minima of the nonconvex problem. In particular, a particular regularization strategy is found to greatly improve the ability of a reweighted leastsquares algorithm to recover sparse signals, with exact recovery being observed for signals that are much less sparse than required by an unregularized version (such as FOCUSS, [2]). Improvements are also observed for the reweightedℓ 1 approach of [3]. Index Terms — Compressive sensing, signal reconstruction, nonconvex optimization, iteratively reweighted least squares, ℓ 1 minimization. 1.
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.
Computational methods for sparse solution of linear inverse problems
, 2009
"... The goal of sparse approximation problems is to represent a target signal approximately as a linear combination of a few elementary signals drawn from a fixed collection. This paper surveys the major practical algorithms for sparse approximation. Specific attention is paid to computational issues, ..."
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The goal of sparse approximation problems is to represent a target signal approximately as a linear combination of a few elementary signals drawn from a fixed collection. This paper surveys the major practical algorithms for sparse approximation. Specific attention is paid to computational issues, to the circumstances in which individual methods tend to perform well, and to the theoretical guarantees available. Many fundamental questions in electrical engineering, statistics, and applied mathematics can be posed as sparse approximation problems, making these algorithms versatile and relevant to a wealth of applications.
Bregman iterative algorithms for ℓ1minimization with applications to compressed sensing
 SIAM J. Imaging Sci
, 2008
"... Abstract. We propose simple and extremely efficient methods for solving the basis pursuit problem min{‖u‖1: Au = f,u ∈ R n}, which is used in compressed sensing. Our methods are based on Bregman iterative regularization, and they give a very accurate solution after solving only a very small number o ..."
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Abstract. We propose simple and extremely efficient methods for solving the basis pursuit problem min{‖u‖1: Au = f,u ∈ R n}, which is used in compressed sensing. Our methods are based on Bregman iterative regularization, and they give a very accurate solution after solving only a very small number of 1 instances of the unconstrained problem minu∈Rn μ‖u‖1 + 2 ‖Au−fk ‖ 2 2 for given matrix A and vector f k. We show analytically that this iterative approach yields exact solutions in a finite number of steps and present numerical results that demonstrate that as few as two to six iterations are sufficient in most cases. Our approach is especially useful for many compressed sensing applications where matrixvector operations involving A and A ⊤ can be computed by fast transforms. Utilizing a fast fixedpoint continuation solver that is based solely on such operations for solving the above unconstrained subproblem, we were able to quickly solve huge instances of compressed sensing problems on a standard PC.
Highly undersampled magnetic resonance image reconstruction via homotopic ℓ0minimization
 IEEE Trans. Med. Imaging
, 2009
"... any reduction in scan time offers a number of potential benefits ranging from hightemporalrate observation of physiological processes to improvements in patient comfort. Following recent developments in Compressive Sensing (CS) theory, several authors have demonstrated that certain classes of MR i ..."
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any reduction in scan time offers a number of potential benefits ranging from hightemporalrate observation of physiological processes to improvements in patient comfort. Following recent developments in Compressive Sensing (CS) theory, several authors have demonstrated that certain classes of MR images which possess sparse representations in some transform domain can be accurately reconstructed from very highly undersampled Kspace data by solving a convex ℓ1minimization problem. Although ℓ1based techniques are extremely powerful, they inherently require a degree of oversampling above the theoretical minimum sampling rate to guarantee that exact reconstruction can be achieved. In this paper, we propose a generalization of the Compressive Sensing paradigm based on homotopic approximation of the ℓ0 quasinorm and show how MR image reconstruction can be pushed even further below the Nyquist limit and significantly closer to the theoretical bound. Following a brief review of standard Compressive Sensing methods and the developed theoretical extensions, several example MRI reconstructions from highly undersampled Kspace data are presented.
Enhacing sparsity by reweighted ℓ1 minimization
 Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications
, 2008
"... 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.
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.
An efficient algorithm for compressed MR imaging using total variation and wavelets
 in IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
, 2008
"... Compressed sensing, an emerging multidisciplinary field involving mathematics, probability, optimization, and signal processing, focuses on reconstructing an unknown signal from a very limited number of samples. Because information such as boundaries of organs is very sparse in most MR images, compr ..."
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Compressed sensing, an emerging multidisciplinary field involving mathematics, probability, optimization, and signal processing, focuses on reconstructing an unknown signal from a very limited number of samples. Because information such as boundaries of organs is very sparse in most MR images, compressed sensing makes it possible to reconstruct the same MR image from a very limited set of measurements significantly reducing the MRI scan duration. In order to do that however, one has to solve the difficult problem of minimizing nonsmooth functions on large data sets. To handle this, we propose an efficient algorithm that jointly minimizes the ℓ1 norm, total variation, and a least squares measure, one of the most powerful models for compressive MR imaging. Our algorithm is based upon an iterative operatorsplitting framework. The calculations are accelerated by continuation and takes advantage of fast wavelet and Fourier transforms enabling our code to process MR images from actual real life applications. We show that faithful MR images can be reconstructed from a subset that represents a mere 20 percent of the complete set of measurements. 1.