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Ideal spatial adaptation by wavelet shrinkage
 Biometrika
, 1994
"... With ideal spatial adaptation, an oracle furnishes information about how best to adapt a spatially variable estimator, whether piecewise constant, piecewise polynomial, variable knot spline, or variable bandwidth kernel, to the unknown function. Estimation with the aid of an oracle o ers dramatic ad ..."
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With ideal spatial adaptation, an oracle furnishes information about how best to adapt a spatially variable estimator, whether piecewise constant, piecewise polynomial, variable knot spline, or variable bandwidth kernel, to the unknown function. Estimation with the aid of an oracle o ers dramatic advantages over traditional linear estimation by nonadaptive kernels � however, it is a priori unclear whether such performance can be obtained by a procedure relying on the data alone. We describe a new principle for spatiallyadaptive estimation: selective wavelet reconstruction. Weshowthatvariableknot spline ts and piecewisepolynomial ts, when equipped with an oracle to select the knots, are not dramatically more powerful than selective wavelet reconstruction with an oracle. We develop a practical spatially adaptive method, RiskShrink, which works by shrinkage of empirical wavelet coe cients. RiskShrink mimics the performance of an oracle for selective wavelet reconstruction as well as it is possible to do so. A new inequality inmultivariate normal decision theory which wecallthe oracle inequality shows that attained performance di ers from ideal performance by at most a factor 2logn, where n is the sample size. Moreover no estimator can give a better guarantee than this. Within the class of spatially adaptive procedures, RiskShrink is essentially optimal. Relying only on the data, it comes within a factor log 2 n of the performance of piecewise polynomial and variableknot spline methods equipped with an oracle. In contrast, it is unknown how or if piecewise polynomial methods could be made to function this well when denied access to an oracle and forced to rely on data alone.
DeNoising By SoftThresholding
, 1992
"... Donoho and Johnstone (1992a) proposed a method for reconstructing an unknown function f on [0; 1] from noisy data di = f(ti)+ zi, iid i =0;:::;n 1, ti = i=n, zi N(0; 1). The reconstruction fn ^ is de ned in the wavelet domain by translating all the empirical wavelet coe cients of d towards 0 by an a ..."
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Donoho and Johnstone (1992a) proposed a method for reconstructing an unknown function f on [0; 1] from noisy data di = f(ti)+ zi, iid i =0;:::;n 1, ti = i=n, zi N(0; 1). The reconstruction fn ^ is de ned in the wavelet domain by translating all the empirical wavelet coe cients of d towards 0 by an amount p 2 log(n) = p n. We prove two results about that estimator. [Smooth]: With high probability ^ fn is at least as smooth as f, in any of a wide variety of smoothness measures. [Adapt]: The estimator comes nearly as close in mean square to f as any measurable estimator can come, uniformly over balls in each of two broad scales of smoothness classes. These two properties are unprecedented in several ways. Our proof of these results develops new facts about abstract statistical inference and its connection with an optimal recovery model.
Adapting to unknown smoothness via wavelet shrinkage
 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION
, 1995
"... We attempt to recover a function of unknown smoothness from noisy, sampled data. We introduce a procedure, SureShrink, which suppresses noise by thresholding the empirical wavelet coefficients. The thresholding is adaptive: a threshold level is assigned to each dyadic resolution level by the princip ..."
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We attempt to recover a function of unknown smoothness from noisy, sampled data. We introduce a procedure, SureShrink, which suppresses noise by thresholding the empirical wavelet coefficients. The thresholding is adaptive: a threshold level is assigned to each dyadic resolution level by the principle of minimizing the Stein Unbiased Estimate of Risk (Sure) for threshold estimates. The computational effort of the overall procedure is order N log(N) as a function of the sample size N. SureShrink is smoothnessadaptive: if the unknown function contains jumps, the reconstruction (essentially) does also; if the unknown function has a smooth piece, the reconstruction is (essentially) as smooth as the mother wavelet will allow. The procedure is in a sense optimally smoothnessadaptive: it is nearminimax simultaneously over a whole interval of the Besov scale; the size of this interval depends on the choice of mother wavelet. We know from a previous paper by the authors that traditional smoothing methods  kernels, splines, and orthogonal series estimates  even with optimal choices of the smoothing parameter, would be unable to perform
The Lifting Scheme: A Construction Of Second Generation Wavelets
, 1997
"... . We present the lifting scheme, a simple construction of second generation wavelets, wavelets that are not necessarily translates and dilates of one fixed function. Such wavelets can be adapted to intervals, domains, surfaces, weights, and irregular samples. We show how the lifting scheme leads to ..."
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. We present the lifting scheme, a simple construction of second generation wavelets, wavelets that are not necessarily translates and dilates of one fixed function. Such wavelets can be adapted to intervals, domains, surfaces, weights, and irregular samples. We show how the lifting scheme leads to a faster, inplace calculation of the wavelet transform. Several examples are included. Key words. wavelet, multiresolution, second generation wavelet, lifting scheme AMS subject classifications. 42C15 1. Introduction. Wavelets form a versatile tool for representing general functions or data sets. Essentially we can think of them as data building blocks. Their fundamental property is that they allow for representations which are efficient and which can be computed fast. In other words, wavelets are capable of quickly capturing the essence of a data set with only a small set of coefficients. This is based on the fact that most data sets have correlation both in time (or space) and frequenc...
Wavelet shrinkage: asymptopia
 Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Ser. B
, 1995
"... Considerable e ort has been directed recently to develop asymptotically minimax methods in problems of recovering in nitedimensional objects (curves, densities, spectral densities, images) from noisy data. A rich and complex body of work has evolved, with nearly or exactly minimax estimators bein ..."
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Considerable e ort has been directed recently to develop asymptotically minimax methods in problems of recovering in nitedimensional objects (curves, densities, spectral densities, images) from noisy data. A rich and complex body of work has evolved, with nearly or exactly minimax estimators being obtained for a variety of interesting problems. Unfortunately, the results have often not been translated into practice, for a variety of reasons { sometimes, similarity to known methods, sometimes, computational intractability, and sometimes, lack of spatial adaptivity. We discuss a method for curve estimation based on n noisy data; one translates the empirical wavelet coe cients towards the origin by an amount p p 2 log(n) = n. The method is di erent from methods in common use today, is computationally practical, and is spatially adaptive; thus it avoids a number of previous objections to minimax estimators. At the same time, the method is nearly minimax for a wide variety of loss functions { e.g. pointwise error, global error measured in L p norms, pointwise and global error in estimation of derivatives { and for a wide range of smoothness classes, including standard Holder classes, Sobolev classes, and Bounded Variation. This is amuch broader nearoptimality than anything previously proposed in the minimax literature. Finally, the theory underlying the method is interesting, as it exploits a correspondence between statistical questions and questions of optimal recovery and informationbased complexity.
Spherical Wavelets: Efficiently Representing Functions on the Sphere
, 1995
"... Wavelets have proven to be powerful bases for use in numerical analysis and signal processing. Their power lies in the fact that they only require a small number of coefficients to represent general functions and large data sets accurately. This allows compression and efficient computations. Classic ..."
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Wavelets have proven to be powerful bases for use in numerical analysis and signal processing. Their power lies in the fact that they only require a small number of coefficients to represent general functions and large data sets accurately. This allows compression and efficient computations. Classical constructions have been limited to simple domains such as intervals and rectangles. In this paper we present a wavelet construction for scalar functions defined on the sphere. We show how biorthogonal wavelets with custom properties can be constructed with the lifting scheme. The bases are extremely easy to implement and allow fully adaptive subdivisions. We give examples of functions defined on the sphere, such as topographic data, bidirectional reflection distribution functions, and illumination, and show how they can be efficiently represented with spherical wavelets.
Wavelet Thresholding via a Bayesian Approach
 J. R. STATIST. SOC. B
, 1996
"... We discuss a Bayesian formalism which gives rise to a type of wavelet threshold estimation in nonparametric regression. A prior distribution is imposed on the wavelet coefficients of the unknown response function, designed to capture the sparseness of wavelet expansion common to most applications. ..."
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We discuss a Bayesian formalism which gives rise to a type of wavelet threshold estimation in nonparametric regression. A prior distribution is imposed on the wavelet coefficients of the unknown response function, designed to capture the sparseness of wavelet expansion common to most applications. For the prior specified, the posterior median yields a thresholding procedure. Our prior model for the underlying function can be adjusted to give functions falling in any specific Besov space. We establish a relation between the hyperparameters of the prior model and the parameters of those Besov spaces within which realizations from the prior will fall. Such a relation gives insight into the meaning of the Besov space parameters. Moreover, the established relation makes it possible in principle to incorporate prior knowledge about the function's regularity properties into the prior model for its wavelet coefficients. However, prior knowledge about a function's regularity properties might b...
Wavelet Threshold Estimators for Data With Correlated Noise
, 1994
"... Wavelet threshold estimators for data with stationary correlated noise are constructed by the following prescription. First, form the discrete wavelet transform of the data points. Next, apply a leveldependent soft threshold to the individual coefficients, allowing the thresholds to depend on the l ..."
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Wavelet threshold estimators for data with stationary correlated noise are constructed by the following prescription. First, form the discrete wavelet transform of the data points. Next, apply a leveldependent soft threshold to the individual coefficients, allowing the thresholds to depend on the level in the wavelet transform. Finally, transform back to obtain the estimate in the original domain. The threshold used at level j is s j p 2 log n, where s j is the standard deviation of the coefficients at that level, and n is the overall sample size. The minimax properties of the estimators are investigated by considering a general problem in multivariate normal decision theory, concerned with the estimation of the mean vector of a general multivariate normal distribution subject to squared error loss. An ideal risk is obtained by the use of an `oracle' that provides the optimum diagonal projection estimate. This `benchmark' risk can be considered in its own right as a measure of the s...
Interpolating Wavelet Transform
, 1992
"... We describe several "wavelet transforms" which characterize smoothness spaces and for which the coefficients are obtained by sampling rather than integration. We use them to reinterpret the empirical wavelet transform, i.e. the common practice of applying pyramid filters to samples of a function. ..."
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We describe several "wavelet transforms" which characterize smoothness spaces and for which the coefficients are obtained by sampling rather than integration. We use them to reinterpret the empirical wavelet transform, i.e. the common practice of applying pyramid filters to samples of a function.
Building Your Own Wavelets at Home
"... Wavelets have been making an appearance in many pure and applied areas of science and engineering. Computer graphics with its many and varied computational problems has been no exception to this rule. In these notes we will attempt to motivate and explain the basic ideas behind wavelets and what mak ..."
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Wavelets have been making an appearance in many pure and applied areas of science and engineering. Computer graphics with its many and varied computational problems has been no exception to this rule. In these notes we will attempt to motivate and explain the basic ideas behind wavelets and what makes them so successful in application areas. The main