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A fast iterative shrinkagethresholding algorithm with application to . . .
, 2009
"... We consider the class of Iterative ShrinkageThresholding Algorithms (ISTA) for solving linear inverse problems arising in signal/image processing. This class of methods is attractive due to its simplicity, however, they are also known to converge quite slowly. In this paper we present a Fast Iterat ..."
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We consider the class of Iterative ShrinkageThresholding Algorithms (ISTA) for solving linear inverse problems arising in signal/image processing. This class of methods is attractive due to its simplicity, however, they are also known to converge quite slowly. In this paper we present a Fast Iterative ShrinkageThresholding Algorithm (FISTA) which preserves the computational simplicity of ISTA, but with a global rate of convergence which is proven to be significantly better, both theoretically and practically. Initial promising numerical results for waveletbased image deblurring demonstrate the capabilities of FISTA.
Image denoising using a scale mixture of Gaussians in the wavelet domain
 IEEE Trans Image Processing
, 2003
"... Abstract—We describe a method for removing noise from digital images, based on a statistical model of the coefficients of an overcomplete multiscale oriented basis. Neighborhoods of coefficients at adjacent positions and scales are modeled as the product of two independent random variables: a Gaussi ..."
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Abstract—We describe a method for removing noise from digital images, based on a statistical model of the coefficients of an overcomplete multiscale oriented basis. Neighborhoods of coefficients at adjacent positions and scales are modeled as the product of two independent random variables: a Gaussian vector and a hidden positive scalar multiplier. The latter modulates the local variance of the coefficients in the neighborhood, and is thus able to account for the empirically observed correlation between the coefficient amplitudes. Under this model, the Bayesian least squares estimate of each coefficient reduces to a weighted average of the local linear estimates over all possible values of the hidden multiplier variable. We demonstrate through simulations with images contaminated by additive white Gaussian noise that the performance of this method substantially surpasses that of previously published methods, both visually and in terms of mean squared error.
From Sparse Solutions of Systems of Equations to Sparse Modeling of Signals and Images
, 2007
"... A fullrank matrix A ∈ IR n×m with n < m generates an underdetermined system of linear equations Ax = b having infinitely many solutions. Suppose we seek the sparsest solution, i.e., the one with the fewest nonzero entries: can it ever be unique? If so, when? As optimization of sparsity is combin ..."
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A fullrank matrix A ∈ IR n×m with n < m generates an underdetermined system of linear equations Ax = b having infinitely many solutions. Suppose we seek the sparsest solution, i.e., the one with the fewest nonzero entries: can it ever be unique? If so, when? As optimization of sparsity is combinatorial in nature, are there efficient methods for finding the sparsest solution? These questions have been answered positively and constructively in recent years, exposing a wide variety of surprising phenomena; in particular, the existence of easilyverifiable conditions under which optimallysparse solutions can be found by concrete, effective computational methods. Such theoretical results inspire a bold perspective on some important practical problems in signal and image processing. Several wellknown signal and image processing problems can be cast as demanding solutions of undetermined systems of equations. Such problems have previously seemed, to many, intractable. There is considerable evidence that these problems often have sparse solutions. Hence, advances in finding sparse solutions to underdetermined systems energizes research on such signal and image processing problems – to striking effect. In this paper we review the theoretical results on sparse solutions of linear systems, empirical
Sparse Reconstruction by Separable Approximation
, 2008
"... Finding sparse approximate solutions to large underdetermined linear systems of equations is a common problem in signal/image processing and statistics. Basis pursuit, the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO), waveletbased deconvolution and reconstruction, and compressed sensing ( ..."
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Finding sparse approximate solutions to large underdetermined linear systems of equations is a common problem in signal/image processing and statistics. Basis pursuit, the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO), waveletbased deconvolution and reconstruction, and compressed sensing (CS) are a few wellknown areas in which problems of this type appear. One standard approach is to minimize an objective function that includes a quadratic (ℓ2) error term added to a sparsityinducing (usually ℓ1) regularization term. We present an algorithmic framework for the more general problem of minimizing the sum of a smooth convex function and a nonsmooth, possibly nonconvex regularizer. We propose iterative methods in which each step is obtained by solving an optimization subproblem involving a quadratic term with diagonal Hessian (which is therefore separable in the unknowns) plus the original sparsityinducing regularizer. Our approach is suitable for cases in which this subproblem can be solved much more rapidly than the original problem. In addition to solving the standard ℓ2 − ℓ1 case, our framework yields an efficient solution technique for other regularizers, such as an ℓ∞norm regularizer and groupseparable (GS) regularizers. It also generalizes immediately to the case in which the data is complex rather than real. Experiments with CS problems show that our approach is competitive with the fastest known methods for the standard ℓ2 − ℓ1 problem, as well as being efficient on problems with other separable regularization terms.
An EM Algorithm for WaveletBased Image Restoration
, 2002
"... This paper introduces an expectationmaximization (EM) algorithm for image restoration (deconvolution) based on a penalized likelihood formulated in the wavelet domain. Regularization is achieved by promoting a reconstruction with lowcomplexity, expressed in terms of the wavelet coecients, taking a ..."
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This paper introduces an expectationmaximization (EM) algorithm for image restoration (deconvolution) based on a penalized likelihood formulated in the wavelet domain. Regularization is achieved by promoting a reconstruction with lowcomplexity, expressed in terms of the wavelet coecients, taking advantage of the well known sparsity of wavelet representations. Previous works have investigated waveletbased restoration but, except for certain special cases, the resulting criteria are solved approximately or require very demanding optimization methods. The EM algorithm herein proposed combines the efficient image representation oered by the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) with the diagonalization of the convolution operator obtained in the Fourier domain. The algorithm alternates between an Estep based on the fast Fourier transform (FFT) and a DWTbased Mstep, resulting in an ecient iterative process requiring O(N log N) operations per iteration. Thus, it is the rst image restoration algorithm that optimizes a waveletbased penalized likelihood criterion and has computational complexity comparable to that of standard wavelet denoising or frequency domain deconvolution methods. The convergence behavior of the algorithm is investigated, and it is shown that under mild conditions the algorithm converges to a globally optimal restoration. Moreover, our new approach outperforms several of the best existing methods in benchmark tests, and in some cases is also much less computationally demanding.
WaveletBased Texture Retrieval Using Generalized Gaussian Density and KullbackLeibler Distance
 IEEE Trans. Image Processing
, 2002
"... We present a statistical view of the texture retrieval problem by combining the two related tasks, namely feature extraction (FE) and similarity measurement (SM), into a joint modeling and classification scheme. We show that using a consistent estimator of texture model parameters for the FE step fo ..."
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We present a statistical view of the texture retrieval problem by combining the two related tasks, namely feature extraction (FE) and similarity measurement (SM), into a joint modeling and classification scheme. We show that using a consistent estimator of texture model parameters for the FE step followed by computing the KullbackLeibler distance (KLD) between estimated models for the SM step is asymptotically optimal in term of retrieval error probability. The statistical scheme leads to a new waveletbased texture retrieval method that is based on the accurate modeling of the marginal distribution of wavelet coefficients using generalized Gaussian density (GGD) and on the existence a closed form for the KLD between GGDs. The proposed method provides greater accuracy and flexibility in capturing texture information, while its simplified form has a close resemblance with the existing methods which uses energy distribution in the frequency domain to identify textures. Experimental results on a database of 640 texture images indicate that the new method significantly improves retrieval rates, e.g., from 65% to 77%, compared with traditional approaches, while it retains comparable levels of computational complexity.
LowComplexity Image Denoising Based on Statistical Modeling of Wavelet Coefficients
, 1999
"... We introduce a simple spatially adaptive statistical model for wavelet image coe#cients and apply it to image denoising. Our model is inspired by a recent wavelet image compression algorithm, the Estimation Quantization coder. We model wavelet image coefficients as zeromean Gaussian random varia ..."
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We introduce a simple spatially adaptive statistical model for wavelet image coe#cients and apply it to image denoising. Our model is inspired by a recent wavelet image compression algorithm, the Estimation Quantization coder. We model wavelet image coefficients as zeromean Gaussian random variables with high local correlation. We assume a marginal prior distribution on wavelet coefficients variances and estimate them using an approximate Maximum A Posteriori Probability rule. Then we apply an approximate Minimum Mean Squared Error estimation procedure to restore the noisy wavelet image coefficients. Despite the simplicity of our method, both in its concept and implementation, our denoising results are among the best reported in the literature.
A New TwIST: TwoStep Iterative Shrinkage/Thresholding Algorithms for Image Restoration
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON IMAGE PROCESSING
, 2007
"... Iterative shrinkage/thresholding (IST) algorithms have been recently proposed to handle a class of convex unconstrained optimization problems arising in image restoration and other linear inverse problems. This class of problems results from combining a linear observation model with a nonquadratic ..."
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Iterative shrinkage/thresholding (IST) algorithms have been recently proposed to handle a class of convex unconstrained optimization problems arising in image restoration and other linear inverse problems. This class of problems results from combining a linear observation model with a nonquadratic regularizer (e.g., total variation or waveletbased regularization). It happens that the convergence rate of these IST algorithms depends heavily on the linear observation operator, becoming very slow when this operator is illconditioned or illposed. In this paper, we introduce twostep IST (TwIST) algorithms, exhibiting much faster convergence rate than IST for illconditioned problems. For a vast class of nonquadratic convex regularizers ( norms, some Besov norms, and total variation), we show that TwIST converges to a minimizer of the objective function, for a given range of values of its parameters. For noninvertible observation operators, we introduce a monotonic version of TwIST (MTwIST); although the convergence proof does not apply to this scenario, we give experimental evidence that MTwIST exhibits similar speed gains over IST. The effectiveness of the new methods are experimentally confirmed on problems of image deconvolution and of restoration with missing samples.
Bayesian TreeStructured Image Modeling using Waveletdomain Hidden Markov Models
 IEEE Trans. Image Processing
, 1999
"... Waveletdomain hidden Markov models have proven to be useful tools for statistical signal and image processing. The hidden Markov tree (HMT) model captures the key features of the joint probability density of the wavelet coefficients of realworld data. One potential drawback to the HMT framework ..."
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Waveletdomain hidden Markov models have proven to be useful tools for statistical signal and image processing. The hidden Markov tree (HMT) model captures the key features of the joint probability density of the wavelet coefficients of realworld data. One potential drawback to the HMT framework is the need for computationally expensive iterative training to fit an HMT model to a given data set (using the ExpectationMaximization algorithm, for example). In this paper, we greatly simplify the HMT model by exploiting the inherent selfsimilarity of realworld images. This simplified model specifies the HMT parameters with just nine metaparameters (independent of the size of the image and the number of wavelet scales). We also introduce a Bayesian universal HMT (uHMT) that fixes these nine parameters. The uHMT requires no training of any kind. While extremely simple, we show using a series of image estimation /denoising experiments that these two new models retain nearly all of the key structure modeled by the full HMT. Finally, we propose a fast shiftinvariant HMT estimation algorithm that outperforms other waveletbased estimators in the current literature, both in meansquare error and visual metrics.
Scale Mixtures of Gaussians and the Statistics of Natural Images
 in Adv. Neural Information Processing Systems
, 2000
"... The statistics of photographic images, when represented using multiscale (wavelet) bases, exhibit two striking types of nonGaussian behavior. First, the marginal densities of the coefficients have extended heavy tails. Second, the joint densities exhibit variance dependencies not captured by secon ..."
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The statistics of photographic images, when represented using multiscale (wavelet) bases, exhibit two striking types of nonGaussian behavior. First, the marginal densities of the coefficients have extended heavy tails. Second, the joint densities exhibit variance dependencies not captured by secondorder models. We examine properties of the class of Gaussian scale mixtures, and show that these densities can accurately characterize both the marginal and joint distributions of natural image wavelet coefficients. This class of model suggests a Markov structure, in which wavelet coefficients are linked by hidden scaling variables corresponding to local image structure. We derive an estimator for these hidden variables, and show that a nonlinear ``normalization'' procedure can be used to Gaussianize the coefficients.