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Distributed Optimization and Statistical Learning via the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers
, 2010
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Regularization paths for generalized linear models via coordinate descent
, 2009
"... We develop fast algorithms for estimation of generalized linear models with convex penalties. The models include linear regression, twoclass logistic regression, and multinomial regression problems while the penalties include ℓ1 (the lasso), ℓ2 (ridge regression) and mixtures of the two (the elastic ..."
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We develop fast algorithms for estimation of generalized linear models with convex penalties. The models include linear regression, twoclass logistic regression, and multinomial regression problems while the penalties include ℓ1 (the lasso), ℓ2 (ridge regression) and mixtures of the two (the elastic net). The algorithms use cyclical coordinate descent, computed along a regularization path. The methods can handle large problems and can also deal efficiently with sparse features. In comparative timings we find that the new algorithms are considerably faster than competing methods.
Sparse Reconstruction by Separable Approximation
, 2007
"... 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) regularizer. We present an algorithmic framework for the more general problem of minimizing the sum of a smooth convex function and a nonsmooth, possibly nonconvex, sparsityinducing function. We propose iterative methods in which each step is an optimization subproblem involving a separable quadratic term (diagonal Hessian) plus the original sparsityinducing term. 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 approach handles other problems, e.g., ℓp regularizers with p � = 1, or groupseparable (GS) regularizers. Experiments with CS problems show that our approach provides stateoftheart speed for the standard ℓ2 − ℓ1 problem, and is also efficient on problems with GS regularizers. Index Terms — sparse approximation, compressed sensing, optimization, reconstruction.
Online learning for matrix factorization and sparse coding
, 2010
"... Sparse coding—that is, modelling data vectors as sparse linear combinations of basis elements—is widely used in machine learning, neuroscience, signal processing, and statistics. This paper focuses on the largescale matrix factorization problem that consists of learning the basis set in order to ad ..."
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Sparse coding—that is, modelling data vectors as sparse linear combinations of basis elements—is widely used in machine learning, neuroscience, signal processing, and statistics. This paper focuses on the largescale matrix factorization problem that consists of learning the basis set in order to adapt it to specific data. Variations of this problem include dictionary learning in signal processing, nonnegative matrix factorization and sparse principal component analysis. In this paper, we propose to address these tasks with a new online optimization algorithm, based on stochastic approximations, which scales up gracefully to large data sets with millions of training samples, and extends naturally to various matrix factorization formulations, making it suitable for a wide range of learning problems. A proof of convergence is presented, along with experiments with natural images and genomic data demonstrating that it leads to stateoftheart performance in terms of speed and optimization for both small and large data sets.
Pathwise coordinate optimization
, 2007
"... We consider “oneatatime ” coordinatewise descent algorithms for a class of convex optimization problems. An algorithm of this kind has been proposed for the L1penalized regression (lasso) in the lterature, but it seems to have been largely ignored. Indeed, it seems that coordinatewise algorith ..."
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We consider “oneatatime ” coordinatewise descent algorithms for a class of convex optimization problems. An algorithm of this kind has been proposed for the L1penalized regression (lasso) in the lterature, but it seems to have been largely ignored. Indeed, it seems that coordinatewise algorithms are not often used in convex optimization. We show that this algorithm is very competitive with the well known LARS (or homotopy) procedure in large lasso problems, and that it can be applied to related methods such as the garotte and elastic net. It turns out that coordinatewise descent does not work in the “fused lasso ” however, so we derive a generalized algorithm that yields the solution in much less time that a standard convex optimizer. Finally we generalize the procedure to the twodimensional fused lasso, and demonstrate its performance on some image smoothing problems.
An interiorpoint method for largescale l1regularized logistic regression
 Journal of Machine Learning Research
, 2007
"... Logistic regression with ℓ1 regularization has been proposed as a promising method for feature selection in classification problems. In this paper we describe an efficient interiorpoint method for solving largescale ℓ1regularized logistic regression problems. Small problems with up to a thousand ..."
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Logistic regression with ℓ1 regularization has been proposed as a promising method for feature selection in classification problems. In this paper we describe an efficient interiorpoint method for solving largescale ℓ1regularized logistic regression problems. Small problems with up to a thousand or so features and examples can be solved in seconds on a PC; medium sized problems, with tens of thousands of features and examples, can be solved in tens of seconds (assuming some sparsity in the data). A variation on the basic method, that uses a preconditioned conjugate gradient method to compute the search step, can solve very large problems, with a million features and examples (e.g., the 20 Newsgroups data set), in a few minutes, on a PC. Using warmstart techniques, a good approximation of the entire regularization path can be computed much more efficiently than by solving a family of problems independently.
The group Lasso for logistic regression
 Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B
, 2008
"... Summary. The group lasso is an extension of the lasso to do variable selection on (predefined) groups of variables in linear regression models. The estimates have the attractive property of being invariant under groupwise orthogonal reparameterizations. We extend the group lasso to logistic regressi ..."
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Summary. The group lasso is an extension of the lasso to do variable selection on (predefined) groups of variables in linear regression models. The estimates have the attractive property of being invariant under groupwise orthogonal reparameterizations. We extend the group lasso to logistic regression models and present an efficient algorithm, that is especially suitable for high dimensional problems, which can also be applied to generalized linear models to solve the corresponding convex optimization problem. The group lasso estimator for logistic regression is shown to be statistically consistent even if the number of predictors is much larger than sample size but with sparse true underlying structure. We further use a twostage procedure which aims for sparser models than the group lasso, leading to improved prediction performance for some cases. Moreover, owing to the twostage nature, the estimates can be constructed to be hierarchical. The methods are used on simulated and real data sets about splice site detection in DNA sequences.
Consistency of the group lasso and multiple kernel learning
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2007
"... We consider the leastsquare regression problem with regularization by a block 1norm, i.e., a sum of Euclidean norms over spaces of dimensions larger than one. This problem, referred to as the group Lasso, extends the usual regularization by the 1norm where all spaces have dimension one, where it ..."
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We consider the leastsquare regression problem with regularization by a block 1norm, i.e., a sum of Euclidean norms over spaces of dimensions larger than one. This problem, referred to as the group Lasso, extends the usual regularization by the 1norm where all spaces have dimension one, where it is commonly referred to as the Lasso. In this paper, we study the asymptotic model consistency of the group Lasso. We derive necessary and sufficient conditions for the consistency of group Lasso under practical assumptions, such as model misspecification. When the linear predictors and Euclidean norms are replaced by functions and reproducing kernel Hilbert norms, the problem is usually referred to as multiple kernel learning and is commonly used for learning from heterogeneous data sources and for non linear variable selection. Using tools from functional analysis, and in particular covariance operators, we extend the consistency results to this infinite dimensional case and also propose an adaptive scheme to obtain a consistent model estimate, even when the necessary condition required for the non adaptive scheme is not satisfied.
Lassotype recovery of sparse representations for highdimensional data
 ANNALS OF STATISTICS
, 2009
"... The Lasso is an attractive technique for regularization and variable selection for highdimensional data, where the number of predictor variables pn is potentially much larger than the number of samples n. However, it was recently discovered that the sparsity pattern of the Lasso estimator can only ..."
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The Lasso is an attractive technique for regularization and variable selection for highdimensional data, where the number of predictor variables pn is potentially much larger than the number of samples n. However, it was recently discovered that the sparsity pattern of the Lasso estimator can only be asymptotically identical to the true sparsity pattern if the design matrix satisfies the socalled irrepresentable condition. The latter condition can easily be violated in the presence of highly correlated variables. Here we examine the behavior of the Lasso estimators if the irrepresentable condition is relaxed. Even though the Lasso cannot recover the correct sparsity pattern, we show that the estimator is still consistent in the ℓ2norm sense for fixed designs under conditions on (a) the number sn of nonzero components of the vector βn and (b) the minimal singular values of design matrices that are induced by selecting small subsets of variables. Furthermore, a rate of convergence result is obtained on the ℓ2 error with an appropriate choice of the smoothing parameter. The rate is shown to be