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AN INTRODUCTION TO VARIATIONAL METHODS FOR GRAPHICAL MODELS
 TO APPEAR: M. I. JORDAN, (ED.), LEARNING IN GRAPHICAL MODELS
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Learning in graphical models
, 2004
"... Statistical applications in fields such as bioinformatics, information retrieval, speech processing, image processing and communications often involve largescale models in which thousands or millions of random variables are linked in complex ways. Graphical models provide a general methodology for ..."
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Statistical applications in fields such as bioinformatics, information retrieval, speech processing, image processing and communications often involve largescale models in which thousands or millions of random variables are linked in complex ways. Graphical models provide a general methodology for approaching these problems, and indeed many of the models developed by researchers in these applied fields are instances of the general graphical model formalism. We review some of the basic ideas underlying graphical models, including the algorithmic ideas that allow graphical models to be deployed in largescale data analysis problems. We also present examples of graphical models in bioinformatics, errorcontrol coding and language processing. Key words and phrases: Probabilistic graphical models, junction tree algorithm, sumproduct algorithm, Markov chain Monte Carlo, variational inference, bioinformatics, errorcontrol coding.
Distance Metric Learning, With Application To Clustering With SideInformation
 ADVANCES IN NEURAL INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS 15
, 2003
"... Many algorithms rely critically on being given a good metric over their inputs. For instance, data can often be clustered in many "plausible" ways, and if a clustering algorithm such as Kmeans initially fails to find one that is meaningful to a user, the only recourse may be for the us ..."
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Many algorithms rely critically on being given a good metric over their inputs. For instance, data can often be clustered in many "plausible" ways, and if a clustering algorithm such as Kmeans initially fails to find one that is meaningful to a user, the only recourse may be for the user to manually tweak the metric until sufficiently good clusters are found. For these and other applications requiring good metrics, it is desirable that we provide a more systematic way for users to indicate what they consider "similar." For instance, we may ask them to provide examples. In this paper, we present an algorithm that, given examples of similar (and, if desired, dissimilar) pairs of points in R , learns a distance metric over R that respects these relationships. Our method is based on posing metric learning as a convex optimization problem, which allows us to give efficient, localoptimafree algorithms. We also demonstrate empirically that the learned metrics can be used to significantly improve clustering performance.
What is the Set of Images of an Object Under All Possible Lighting Conditions
 IEEE CVPR
, 1996
"... The appearance of a particular object depends on both the viewpoint from which it is observed and the light sources by which it is illuminated. If the appearance of two objects is never identical for any pose or lighting conditions, then in theory the objects can always be distinguished or recogni ..."
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The appearance of a particular object depends on both the viewpoint from which it is observed and the light sources by which it is illuminated. If the appearance of two objects is never identical for any pose or lighting conditions, then in theory the objects can always be distinguished or recognized. The question arises: What is the set of images of an object under all lighting conditions and pose? In this paper, ive consider only the set of images of an object under variable allumination (including multiple, extended light sources and attached shadows). We prove that the set of npixel images of a convex object with a Lambertian reflectance function, illuminated by an arbitrary number of point light sources at infinity, forms a convex polyhedral cone in IR " and that the dimension of this illumination cone equals the number of distinct surface normals. Furthermore, we show that the cone for a particular object can be constructed from three properly chosen images. Finally, we prove that the set of npixel images of an object of any shape and with an arbitrary reflectance function, seen under all possible illumination conditions, still forms a convex cone in Rn. Th.ese results immediately suggest certain approaches to object recognition. Throughout this paper, we ofler results demonstrating the empirical validity of the illumination cone representation. 1
Clustering with Bregman Divergences
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2005
"... A wide variety of distortion functions are used for clustering, e.g., squared Euclidean distance, Mahalanobis distance and relative entropy. In this paper, we propose and analyze parametric hard and soft clustering algorithms based on a large class of distortion functions known as Bregman divergence ..."
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A wide variety of distortion functions are used for clustering, e.g., squared Euclidean distance, Mahalanobis distance and relative entropy. In this paper, we propose and analyze parametric hard and soft clustering algorithms based on a large class of distortion functions known as Bregman divergences. The proposed algorithms unify centroidbased parametric clustering approaches, such as classical kmeans and informationtheoretic clustering, which arise by special choices of the Bregman divergence. The algorithms maintain the simplicity and scalability of the classical kmeans algorithm, while generalizing the basic idea to a very large class of clustering loss functions. There are two main contributions in this paper. First, we pose the hard clustering problem in terms of minimizing the loss in Bregman information, a quantity motivated by ratedistortion theory, and present an algorithm to minimize this loss. Secondly, we show an explicit bijection between Bregman divergences and exponential families. The bijection enables the development of an alternative interpretation of an ecient EM scheme for learning models involving mixtures of exponential distributions. This leads to a simple soft clustering algorithm for all Bregman divergences.
Just Relax: Convex Programming Methods for Identifying Sparse Signals in Noise
, 2006
"... This paper studies a difficult and fundamental problem that arises throughout electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and statistics. Suppose that one forms a short linear combination of elementary signals drawn from a large, fixed collection. Given an observation of the linear combination that ..."
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This paper studies a difficult and fundamental problem that arises throughout electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and statistics. Suppose that one forms a short linear combination of elementary signals drawn from a large, fixed collection. Given an observation of the linear combination that has been contaminated with additive noise, the goal is to identify which elementary signals participated and to approximate their coefficients. Although many algorithms have been proposed, there is little theory which guarantees that these algorithms can accurately and efficiently solve the problem. This paper studies a method called convex relaxation, which attempts to recover the ideal sparse signal by solving a convex program. This approach is powerful because the optimization can be completed in polynomial time with standard scientific software. The paper provides general conditions which ensure that convex relaxation succeeds. As evidence of the broad impact of these results, the paper describes how convex relaxation can be used for several concrete signal recovery problems. It also describes applications to channel coding, linear regression, and numerical analysis.
Gradient projection for sparse reconstruction: Application to compressed sensing and other inverse problems
 IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
, 2007
"... Abstract—Many problems in signal processing and statistical inference involve finding sparse solutions to underdetermined, or illconditioned, linear systems of equations. A standard approach consists in minimizing an objective function which includes a quadratic (squared ℓ2) error term combined wi ..."
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Abstract—Many problems in signal processing and statistical inference involve finding sparse solutions to underdetermined, or illconditioned, linear systems of equations. A standard approach consists in minimizing an objective function which includes a quadratic (squared ℓ2) error term combined with a sparsenessinducing (ℓ1) regularization term.Basis pursuit, the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO), waveletbased deconvolution, and compressed sensing are a few wellknown examples of this approach. This paper proposes gradient projection (GP) algorithms for the boundconstrained quadratic programming (BCQP) formulation of these problems. We test variants of this approach that select the line search parameters in different ways, including techniques based on the BarzilaiBorwein method. Computational experiments show that these GP approaches perform well in a wide range of applications, often being significantly faster (in terms of computation time) than competing methods. Although the performance of GP methods tends to degrade as the regularization term is deemphasized, we show how they can be embedded in a continuation scheme to recover their efficient practical performance. A. Background I.