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Structured variable selection with sparsityinducing norms
, 2011
"... We consider the empirical risk minimization problem for linear supervised learning, with regularization by structured sparsityinducing norms. These are defined as sums of Euclidean norms on certain subsets of variables, extending the usual ℓ1norm and the group ℓ1norm by allowing the subsets to ov ..."
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We consider the empirical risk minimization problem for linear supervised learning, with regularization by structured sparsityinducing norms. These are defined as sums of Euclidean norms on certain subsets of variables, extending the usual ℓ1norm and the group ℓ1norm by allowing the subsets to overlap. This leads to a specific set of allowed nonzero patterns for the solutions of such problems. We first explore the relationship between the groups defining the norm and the resulting nonzero patterns, providing both forward and backward algorithms to go back and forth from groups to patterns. This allows the design of norms adapted to specific prior knowledge expressed in terms of nonzero patterns. We also present an efficient active set algorithm, and analyze the consistency of variable selection for leastsquares linear regression in low and highdimensional settings.
MultiLabel Prediction via Compressed Sensing
, 902
"... We consider multilabel prediction problems with large output spaces under the assumption of output sparsity – that the target vectors have small support. We develop a general theory for a variant of the popular ECOC (error correcting output code) scheme, based on ideas from compressed sensing for e ..."
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We consider multilabel prediction problems with large output spaces under the assumption of output sparsity – that the target vectors have small support. We develop a general theory for a variant of the popular ECOC (error correcting output code) scheme, based on ideas from compressed sensing for exploiting this sparsity. The method can be regarded as a simple reduction from multilabel regression problems to binary regression problems. It is shown that the number of subproblems need only be logarithmic in the total number of label values, making this approach radically more efficient than others. We also state and prove performance guarantees for this method, and test it empirically. 1.
NonParametric Bayesian Dictionary Learning for Sparse Image Representations
"... Nonparametric Bayesian techniques are considered for learning dictionaries for sparse image representations, with applications in denoising, inpainting and compressive sensing (CS). The beta process is employed as a prior for learning the dictionary, and this nonparametric method naturally infers ..."
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Nonparametric Bayesian techniques are considered for learning dictionaries for sparse image representations, with applications in denoising, inpainting and compressive sensing (CS). The beta process is employed as a prior for learning the dictionary, and this nonparametric method naturally infers an appropriate dictionary size. The Dirichlet process and a probit stickbreaking process are also considered to exploit structure within an image. The proposed method can learn a sparse dictionary in situ; training images may be exploited if available, but they are not required. Further, the noise variance need not be known, and can be nonstationary. Another virtue of the proposed method is that sequential inference can be readily employed, thereby allowing scaling to large images. Several example results are presented, using both Gibbs and variational Bayesian inference, with comparisons to other stateoftheart approaches.
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.
Structured Sparse Principal Component Analysis
, 2009
"... We present an extension of sparse PCA, or sparse dictionary learning, where the sparsity patterns of all dictionary elements are structured and constrained to belong to a prespecified set of shapes. This structured sparse PCA is based on a structured regularization recently introduced by [1]. While ..."
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We present an extension of sparse PCA, or sparse dictionary learning, where the sparsity patterns of all dictionary elements are structured and constrained to belong to a prespecified set of shapes. This structured sparse PCA is based on a structured regularization recently introduced by [1]. While classical sparse priors only deal with cardinality, the regularization we use encodes higherorder information about the data. We propose an efficient and simple optimization procedure to solve this problem. Experiments with two practical tasks, face recognition and the study of the dynamics of a protein complex, demonstrate the benefits of the proposed structured approach over unstructured approaches. 1
Sparse recovery with Orthogonal Matching Pursuit under RIP
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"... Abstract—This paper presents a new analysis for the orthogonal matching pursuit (OMP) algorithm. It is shown that if the restricted isometry property (RIP) is satisfied at sparsity level O ( ¯ k), then OMP can stably recover a ¯ ksparse signal in 2norm under measurement noise. For compressed sens ..."
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Abstract—This paper presents a new analysis for the orthogonal matching pursuit (OMP) algorithm. It is shown that if the restricted isometry property (RIP) is satisfied at sparsity level O ( ¯ k), then OMP can stably recover a ¯ ksparse signal in 2norm under measurement noise. For compressed sensing applications, this result implies that in order to uniformly recover a ¯ ksparse signal in R d, only O ( ¯ k ln d) random projections are needed. This analysis improves some earlier results on OMP depending on stronger conditions that can only be satisfied with Ω ( ¯ k 2 ln d) or Ω ( ¯ k 1.6 ln d) random projections. Index Terms—Estimation theory, feature selection, greedy algorithms, statistical learning, sparse recovery I.
Structured sparsityinducing norms through submodular functions
 IN ADVANCES IN NEURAL INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS
, 2010
"... Sparse methods for supervised learning aim at finding good linear predictors from as few variables as possible, i.e., with small cardinality of their supports. This combinatorial selection problem is often turnedinto a convex optimization problem byreplacing the cardinality function by its convex en ..."
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Sparse methods for supervised learning aim at finding good linear predictors from as few variables as possible, i.e., with small cardinality of their supports. This combinatorial selection problem is often turnedinto a convex optimization problem byreplacing the cardinality function by its convex envelope (tightest convex lower bound), in this case the ℓ1norm. In this paper, we investigate more general setfunctions than the cardinality, that may incorporate prior knowledge or structural constraints which are common in many applications: namely, we show that for nonincreasing submodular setfunctions, the corresponding convex envelope can be obtained from its Lovász extension, a common tool in submodular analysis. This defines a family of polyhedral norms, for which we provide generic algorithmic tools (subgradients and proximal operators) and theoretical results (conditions for support recovery or highdimensional inference). By selecting specific submodular functions, we can give a new interpretation to known norms, such as those based on rankstatistics or grouped norms with potentially overlapping groups; we also define new norms, in particular ones that can be used as nonfactorial priors for supervised learning.
Solving Inverse Problems with Piecewise Linear Estimators: From Gaussian Mixture Models to Structured Sparsity
, 2010
"... A general framework for solving image inverse problems is introduced in this paper. The approach is based on Gaussian mixture models, estimated via a computationally efficient MAPEM algorithm. A dual mathematical interpretation of the proposed framework with structured sparse estimation is describe ..."
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A general framework for solving image inverse problems is introduced in this paper. The approach is based on Gaussian mixture models, estimated via a computationally efficient MAPEM algorithm. A dual mathematical interpretation of the proposed framework with structured sparse estimation is described, which shows that the resulting piecewise linear estimate stabilizes the estimation when compared to traditional sparse inverse problem techniques. This interpretation also suggests an effective dictionary motivated initialization for the MAPEM algorithm. We demonstrate that in a number of image inverse problems, including inpainting, zooming, and deblurring, the same algorithm produces either equal, often significantly better, or very small margin worse results than the best published ones, at a lower computational cost. 1 I.
Structured Sparsity through Convex Optimization
, 2012
"... Sparse estimation methods are aimed at using or obtaining parsimonious representations of data or models. While naturally cast as a combinatorial optimization problem, variable or feature selection admits a convex relaxation through the regularization by the ℓ1norm. In this paper, we consider sit ..."
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Sparse estimation methods are aimed at using or obtaining parsimonious representations of data or models. While naturally cast as a combinatorial optimization problem, variable or feature selection admits a convex relaxation through the regularization by the ℓ1norm. In this paper, we consider situations where we are not only interested in sparsity, but where some structural prior knowledge is available as well. We show that the ℓ1norm can then be extended to structured norms built on either disjoint or overlapping groups of variables, leading to a flexible framework that can deal with various structures. We present applications to unsupervised learning, for structured sparse principal component analysis and hierarchical dictionary learning, and to supervised learning in the context of nonlinear variable selection.