@MISC{Davis_adaptivegreedy, author = {Geoffrey Davis}, title = {Adaptive Greedy Approximations}, year = {} }

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The problem of optimally approximating a function with a linear expansion over a redundant dictionary of waveforms is NP-hard. The greedy matching pursuit algorithm and its orthogonalized variant produce sub-optimal function expansions by iteratively choosing dictionary waveforms that best match the function's structures. A matching pursuit provides a means of quickly computing compact, adaptive function approximations. Numerical experiments show that the approximation errors from matching pursuits initially decrease rapidly, but the asymptotic decay rate of the errors is slow. We explain this behavior by showing that matching pursuits are chaotic, ergodic maps. The statistical properties of the approximation errors of a pursuit can be obtained from the invariant measure of the pursuit. We characterize these measures using group symmetries of dictionaries and by constructing a stochastic differential equation model. We derive a notion of the coherence of a signal with respect to a dict...