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Distributed Optimization and Statistical Learning via the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers
, 2010
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Robust Principal Component Analysis?
, 2009
"... This paper is about a curious phenomenon. Suppose we have a data matrix, which is the superposition of a lowrank component and a sparse component. Can we recover each component individually? We prove that under some suitable assumptions, it is possible to recover both the lowrank and the sparse co ..."
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This paper is about a curious phenomenon. Suppose we have a data matrix, which is the superposition of a lowrank component and a sparse component. Can we recover each component individually? We prove that under some suitable assumptions, it is possible to recover both the lowrank and the sparse components exactly by solving a very convenient convex program called Principal Component Pursuit; among all feasible decompositions, simply minimize a weighted combination of the nuclear norm and of the ℓ1 norm. This suggests the possibility of a principled approach to robust principal component analysis since our methodology and results assert that one can recover the principal components of a data matrix even though a positive fraction of its entries are arbitrarily corrupted. This extends to the situation where a fraction of the entries are missing as well. We discuss an algorithm for solving this optimization problem, and present applications in the area of video surveillance, where our methodology allows for the detection of objects in a cluttered background, and in the area of face recognition, where it offers a principled way of removing shadows and specularities in images of faces.
A firstorder primaldual algorithm for convex problems with applications to imaging
, 2010
"... In this paper we study a firstorder primaldual algorithm for convex optimization problems with known saddlepoint structure. We prove convergence to a saddlepoint with rate O(1/N) in finite dimensions, which is optimal for the complete class of nonsmooth problems we are considering in this paper ..."
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In this paper we study a firstorder primaldual algorithm for convex optimization problems with known saddlepoint structure. We prove convergence to a saddlepoint with rate O(1/N) in finite dimensions, which is optimal for the complete class of nonsmooth problems we are considering in this paper. We further show accelerations of the proposed algorithm to yield optimal rates on easier problems. In particular we show that we can achieve O(1/N 2) convergence on problems, where the primal or the dual objective is uniformly convex, and we can show linear convergence, i.e. O(1/e N) on problems where both are uniformly convex. The wide applicability of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated on several imaging problems such as image denoising, image deconvolution, image inpainting, motion estimation and image segmentation. 1
The Augmented Lagrange Multiplier Method for Exact Recovery of Corrupted LowRank Matrices
, 2009
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Proximal Splitting Methods in Signal Processing
"... The proximity operator of a convex function is a natural extension of the notion of a projection operator onto a convex set. This tool, which plays a central role in the analysis and the numerical solution of convex optimization problems, has recently been introduced in the arena of inverse problems ..."
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The proximity operator of a convex function is a natural extension of the notion of a projection operator onto a convex set. This tool, which plays a central role in the analysis and the numerical solution of convex optimization problems, has recently been introduced in the arena of inverse problems and, especially, in signal processing, where it has become increasingly important. In this paper, we review the basic properties of proximity operators which are relevant to signal processing and present optimization methods based on these operators. These proximal splitting methods are shown to capture and extend several wellknown algorithms in a unifying framework. Applications of proximal methods in signal recovery and synthesis are discussed.
An accelerated proximal gradient algorithm for nuclear norm regularized least squares problems
, 2009
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NESTA: A Fast and Accurate FirstOrder Method for Sparse Recovery
, 2009
"... Accurate signal recovery or image reconstruction from indirect and possibly undersampled data is a topic of considerable interest; for example, the literature in the recent field of compressed sensing is already quite immense. Inspired by recent breakthroughs in the development of novel firstorder ..."
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Accurate signal recovery or image reconstruction from indirect and possibly undersampled data is a topic of considerable interest; for example, the literature in the recent field of compressed sensing is already quite immense. Inspired by recent breakthroughs in the development of novel firstorder methods in convex optimization, most notably Nesterov’s smoothing technique, this paper introduces a fast and accurate algorithm for solving common recovery problems in signal processing. In the spirit of Nesterov’s work, one of the key ideas of this algorithm is a subtle averaging of sequences of iterates, which has been shown to improve the convergence properties of standard gradientdescent algorithms. This paper demonstrates that this approach is ideally suited for solving largescale compressed sensing reconstruction problems as 1) it is computationally efficient, 2) it is accurate and returns solutions with several correct digits, 3) it is flexible and amenable to many kinds of reconstruction problems, and 4) it is robust in the sense that its excellent performance across a wide range of problems does not depend on the fine tuning of several parameters. Comprehensive numerical experiments on realistic signals exhibiting a large dynamic range show that this algorithm compares favorably with recently proposed stateoftheart methods. We also apply the algorithm to solve other problems for which there are fewer alternatives, such as totalvariation minimization, and
Message passing algorithms for compressed sensing: I. motivation and construction
 Proc. ITW
, 2010
"... Abstract—In a recent paper, the authors proposed a new class of lowcomplexity iterative thresholding algorithms for reconstructing sparse signals from a small set of linear measurements [1]. The new algorithms are broadly referred to as AMP, for approximate message passing. This is the second of tw ..."
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Abstract—In a recent paper, the authors proposed a new class of lowcomplexity iterative thresholding algorithms for reconstructing sparse signals from a small set of linear measurements [1]. The new algorithms are broadly referred to as AMP, for approximate message passing. This is the second of two conference papers describing the derivation of these algorithms, connection with related literature, extensions of original framework, and new empirical evidence. This paper describes the state evolution formalism for analyzing these algorithms, and some of the conclusions that can be drawn from this formalism. We carried out extensive numerical simulations to confirm these predictions. We present here a few representative results. I. GENERAL AMP AND STATE EVOLUTION We consider the model
Fast gradientbased algorithms for constrained total variation image denoising and deblurring problems
 IEEE TRANSACTION ON IMAGE PROCESSING
, 2009
"... This paper studies gradientbased schemes for image denoising and deblurring problems based on the discretized total variation (TV) minimization model with constraints. We derive a fast algorithm for the constrained TVbased image deburring problem. To achieve this task we combine an acceleration of ..."
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This paper studies gradientbased schemes for image denoising and deblurring problems based on the discretized total variation (TV) minimization model with constraints. We derive a fast algorithm for the constrained TVbased image deburring problem. To achieve this task we combine an acceleration of the well known dual approach to the denoising problem with a novel monotone version of a fast iterative shrinkage/thresholding algorithm (FISTA) we have recently introduced. The resulting gradientbased algorithm shares a remarkable simplicity together with a proven global rate of convergence which is significantly better than currently known gradient projectionsbased methods. Our results are applicable to both the anisotropic and isotropic discretized TV functionals. Initial numerical results demonstrate the viability and efficiency of the proposed algorithms on image deblurring problems with box constraints.
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.