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Beyond Nyquist: Efficient Sampling of Sparse Bandlimited Signals
, 2009
"... Wideband analog signals push contemporary analogtodigital conversion systems to their performance limits. In many applications, however, sampling at the Nyquist rate is inefficient because the signals of interest contain only a small number of significant frequencies relative to the bandlimit, alt ..."
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Wideband analog signals push contemporary analogtodigital conversion systems to their performance limits. In many applications, however, sampling at the Nyquist rate is inefficient because the signals of interest contain only a small number of significant frequencies relative to the bandlimit, although the locations of the frequencies may not be known a priori. For this type of sparse signal, other sampling strategies are possible. This paper describes a new type of data acquisition system, called a random demodulator, that is constructed from robust, readily available components. Let K denote the total number of frequencies in the signal, and let W denote its bandlimit in Hz. Simulations suggest that the random demodulator requires just O(K log(W/K)) samples per second to stably reconstruct the signal. This sampling rate is exponentially lower than the Nyquist rate of W Hz. In contrast with Nyquist sampling, one must use nonlinear methods, such as convex programming, to recover the signal from the samples taken by the random demodulator. This paper provides a detailed theoretical analysis of the system’s performance that supports the empirical observations.
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.
An augmented Lagrangian approach to the constrained optimization formulation of imaging inverse problems
 IEEE Trans. Image Process
, 2011
"... Abstract—We propose a new fast algorithm for solving one of the standard approaches to illposed linear inverse problems (IPLIP), where a (possibly nonsmooth) regularizer is minimized under the constraint that the solution explains the observations sufficiently well. Although the regularizer and con ..."
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Abstract—We propose a new fast algorithm for solving one of the standard approaches to illposed linear inverse problems (IPLIP), where a (possibly nonsmooth) regularizer is minimized under the constraint that the solution explains the observations sufficiently well. Although the regularizer and constraint are usually convex, several particular features of these problems (huge dimensionality, nonsmoothness) preclude the use of offtheshelf optimization tools and have stimulated a considerable amount of research. In this paper, we propose a new efficient algorithm to handle one class of constrained problems (often known as basis pursuit denoising) tailored to image recovery applications. The proposed algorithm, which belongs to the family of augmented Lagrangian methods, can be used to deal with a variety of imaging IPLIP, including deconvolution and reconstruction from compressive observations (such as MRI), using either totalvariation or waveletbased (or, more generally, framebased) regularization. The proposed algorithm is an instance of the socalled alternating direction method of multipliers, for which convergence sufficient conditions are known; we show that these conditions are satisfied by the proposed algorithm. Experiments on a set of image restoration and reconstruction benchmark problems show that the proposed algorithm is a strong contender for the stateoftheart. Index Terms—Convex optimization, frames, image reconstruction, image restoration, inpainting, totalvariation. A. Problem Formulation
Proximal Methods for Hierarchical Sparse Coding
, 2010
"... Sparse coding consists in representing signals as sparse linear combinations of atoms selected from a dictionary. We consider an extension of this framework where the atoms are further assumed to be embedded in a tree. This is achieved using a recently introduced treestructured sparse regularizatio ..."
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Sparse coding consists in representing signals as sparse linear combinations of atoms selected from a dictionary. We consider an extension of this framework where the atoms are further assumed to be embedded in a tree. This is achieved using a recently introduced treestructured sparse regularization norm, which has proven useful in several applications. This norm leads to regularized problems that are difficult to optimize, and we propose in this paper efficient algorithms for solving them. More precisely, we show that the proximal operator associated with this norm is computable exactly via a dual approach that can be viewed as the composition of elementary proximal operators. Our procedure has a complexity linear, or close to linear, in the number of atoms, and allows the use of accelerated gradient techniques to solve the treestructured sparse approximation problem at the same computational cost as traditional ones using the ℓ1norm. Our method is efficient and scales gracefully to millions of variables, which we illustrate in two types of applications: first, we consider fixed hierarchical dictionaries of wavelets to denoise natural images. Then, we apply our optimization tools in the context of dictionary learning, where learned dictionary elements naturally organize in a prespecified arborescent structure, leading to a better performance in reconstruction of natural image patches. When applied to text documents, our method learns hierarchies of topics, thus providing a competitive alternative to probabilistic topic models.
Templates for Convex Cone Problems with Applications to Sparse Signal Recovery
, 2010
"... This paper develops a general framework for solving a variety of convex cone problems that frequently arise in signal processing, machine learning, statistics, and other fields. The approach works as follows: first, determine a conic formulation of the problem; second, determine its dual; third, app ..."
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This paper develops a general framework for solving a variety of convex cone problems that frequently arise in signal processing, machine learning, statistics, and other fields. The approach works as follows: first, determine a conic formulation of the problem; second, determine its dual; third, apply smoothing; and fourth, solve using an optimal firstorder method. A merit of this approach is its flexibility: for example, all compressed sensing problems can be solved via this approach. These include models with objective functionals such as the totalvariation norm, ‖W x‖1 where W is arbitrary, or a combination thereof. In addition, the paper also introduces a number of technical contributions such as a novel continuation scheme, a novel approach for controlling the step size, and some new results showing that the smooth and unsmoothed problems are sometimes formally equivalent. Combined with our framework, these lead to novel, stable and computationally efficient algorithms. For instance, our general implementation is competitive with stateoftheart methods for solving intensively studied problems such as the LASSO. Further, numerical experiments show that one can solve the Dantzig selector problem, for which no efficient largescale solvers exist, in a few hundred iterations. Finally, the paper is accompanied with a software release. This software is not a single, monolithic solver; rather, it is a suite of programs and routines designed to serve as building blocks for constructing complete algorithms. Keywords. Optimal firstorder methods, Nesterov’s accelerated descent algorithms, proximal algorithms, conic duality, smoothing by conjugation, the Dantzig selector, the LASSO, nuclearnorm minimization.
Alternating direction algorithms for ℓ1problems in compressive sensing
, 2009
"... Abstract. In this paper, we propose and study the use of alternating direction algorithms for several ℓ1norm minimization problems arising from sparse solution recovery in compressive sensing, including the basis pursuit problem, the basispursuit denoising problems of both unconstrained and constr ..."
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Abstract. In this paper, we propose and study the use of alternating direction algorithms for several ℓ1norm minimization problems arising from sparse solution recovery in compressive sensing, including the basis pursuit problem, the basispursuit denoising problems of both unconstrained and constrained forms, as well as others. We present and investigate two classes of algorithms derived from either the primal or the dual forms of the ℓ1problems. The construction of the algorithms consists of two main steps: (1) to reformulate an ℓ1problem into one having partially separable objective functions by adding new variables and constraints; and (2) to apply an exact or inexact alternating direction method to the resulting problem. The derived alternating direction algorithms can be regarded as firstorder primaldual algorithms because both primal and dual variables are updated at each and every iteration. Convergence properties of these algorithms are established or restated when they already exist. Extensive numerical results in comparison with several stateoftheart algorithms are given to demonstrate that the proposed algorithms are efficient, stable and robust. Moreover, we present numerical results to emphasize two practically important but perhaps overlooked points. One point is that algorithm speed should always be evaluated relative to appropriate solution accuracy; another is that whenever erroneous measurements possibly exist, the ℓ1norm fidelity should be the fidelity of choice in compressive sensing. Key words. Sparse solution recovery, compressive sensing, ℓ1minimization, primal, dual, alternating direction method
A fast algorithm for sparse reconstruction based on shrinkage, subspace optimization and continuation
 SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
, 2010
"... Abstract. We propose a fast algorithm for solving the ℓ1regularized minimization problem minx∈R n µ‖x‖1 + ‖Ax − b ‖ 2 2 for recovering sparse solutions to an undetermined system of linear equations Ax = b. The algorithm is divided into two stages that are performed repeatedly. In the first stage a ..."
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Abstract. We propose a fast algorithm for solving the ℓ1regularized minimization problem minx∈R n µ‖x‖1 + ‖Ax − b ‖ 2 2 for recovering sparse solutions to an undetermined system of linear equations Ax = b. The algorithm is divided into two stages that are performed repeatedly. In the first stage a firstorder iterative method called “shrinkage ” yields an estimate of the subset of components of x likely to be nonzero in an optimal solution. Restricting the decision variables x to this subset and fixing their signs at their current values reduces the ℓ1norm ‖x‖1 to a linear function of x. The resulting subspace problem, which involves the minimization of a smaller and smooth quadratic function, is solved in the second phase. Our code FPC AS embeds this basic twostage algorithm in a continuation (homotopy) approach by assigning a decreasing sequence of values to µ. This code exhibits stateoftheart performance both in terms of its speed and its ability to recover sparse signals. It can even recover signals that are not as sparse as required by current compressive sensing theory.
2010 Analysis and generalizations of the linearized Bregman method
 SIAM J. Imaging Sci
"... Abstract. This paper analyzes and improves the linearized Bregman method for solving the basis pursuit and related sparse optimization problems. The analysis shows that the linearized Bregman method has the exact regularization property; namely, it converges to an exact solution of the basis pursuit ..."
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Abstract. This paper analyzes and improves the linearized Bregman method for solving the basis pursuit and related sparse optimization problems. The analysis shows that the linearized Bregman method has the exact regularization property; namely, it converges to an exact solution of the basis pursuit problem whenever its smooth parameter α is greater than a certain value. The analysis is based on showing that the linearized Bregman algorithm is equivalent to gradient descent applied to a certain dual formulation. This result motivates generalizations of the algorithm enabling the use of gradientbased optimization techniques such as line search, Barzilai–Borwein, limited memory BFGS (LBFGS), nonlinear conjugate gradient, and Nesterov’s methods. In the numerical simulations, the two proposed implementations, one using Barzilai–Borwein steps with nonmonotone line search and the other using LBFGS, gave more accurate solutions in much shorter times than the basic implementation of the linearized Bregman method with a socalled kicking technique. Key words. Bregman, linearized Bregman, compressed sensing, ℓ1minimization, basis pursuit
Compressed sensing with quantized measurements
, 2010
"... We consider the problem of estimating a sparse signal from a set of quantized, Gaussian noise corrupted measurements, where each measurement corresponds to an interval of values. We give two methods for (approximately) solving this problem, each based on minimizing a differentiable convex function p ..."
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We consider the problem of estimating a sparse signal from a set of quantized, Gaussian noise corrupted measurements, where each measurement corresponds to an interval of values. We give two methods for (approximately) solving this problem, each based on minimizing a differentiable convex function plus an regularization term. Using a first order method developed by Hale et al, we demonstrate the performance of the methods through numerical simulation. We find that, using these methods, compressed sensing can be carried out even when the quantization is very coarse, e.g., 1 or 2 bits per measurement.
Sparse channel separation using random probes
, 2010
"... This paper considers the problem of estimating the channel response (or Green’s function) between multiple sourcereceiver pairs. Typically, the channel responses are estimated oneatatime: a single source sends out a known probe signal, the receiver measures the probe signal convolved with the ch ..."
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This paper considers the problem of estimating the channel response (or Green’s function) between multiple sourcereceiver pairs. Typically, the channel responses are estimated oneatatime: a single source sends out a known probe signal, the receiver measures the probe signal convolved with the channel response, and the responses are recovered using deconvolution. In this paper, we show that if the channel responses are sparse and the probe signals are random, then we can significantly reduce the total amount of time required to probe the channels by activating all of the sources simultaneously. With all sources activated simultaneously, the receiver measures a superposition of all the channel responses convolved with the respective probe signals. Separating this cumulative response into individual channel responses can be posed as a linear inverse problem. We show that channel response separation is possible (and stable) even when the probing signals are relatively short in spite of the corresponding linear system of equations becoming severely underdetermined. We derive a theoretical lower bound on the length of the source signals that guarantees that this separation is possible with high probability. The bound is derived by putting the problem in the context of finding a sparse solution to an underdetermined system of equations, and then using mathematical tools from the theory of compressive sensing. Finally, we discuss some practical applications of these results, which include forward modeling for seismic imaging, channel equalization in multipleinput multipleoutput communication, and increasing the fieldofview in an imaging system by using coded apertures.