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Local Identification of Overcomplete Dictionaries

Karin Schnass; 16(35):1211−1242, 2015.


This paper presents the first theoretical results showing that stable identification of overcomplete $\mu$-coherent dictionaries $\Phi \in \mathbb{R}^{d\times K}$ is locally possible from training signals with sparsity levels $S$ up to the order $O(\mu^{-2})$ and signal to noise ratios up to $O(\sqrt{d})$. In particular the dictionary is recoverable as the local maximum of a new maximization criterion that generalizes the K-means criterion. For this maximization criterion results for asymptotic exact recovery for sparsity levels up to $O(\mu^{-1})$ and stable recovery for sparsity levels up to $O(\mu^{-2})$ as well as signal to noise ratios up to $O(\sqrt{d})$ are provided. These asymptotic results translate to finite sample size recovery results with high probability as long as the sample size $N$ scales as $O(K^3dS \tilde \epsilon^{-2})$, where the recovery precision $\tilde{\epsilon}$ can go down to the asymptotically achievable precision. Further, to actually find the local maxima of the new criterion, a very simple Iterative Thresholding and K (signed) Means algorithm (ITKM), which has complexity $O(dKN)$ in each iteration, is presented and its local efficiency is demonstrated in several experiments.

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