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Sharp Restricted Isometry Bounds for the Inexistence of Spurious Local Minima in Nonconvex Matrix Recovery

Richard Y. Zhang, Somayeh Sojoudi, Javad Lavaei; 20(114):1−34, 2019.


Nonconvex matrix recovery is known to contain no spurious local minima under a restricted isometry property (RIP) with a sufficiently small RIP constant $\delta$. If $\delta$ is too large, however, then counterexamples containing spurious local minima are known to exist. In this paper, we introduce a proof technique that is capable of establishing sharp thresholds on $\delta$ to guarantee the inexistence of spurious local minima. Using the technique, we prove that in the case of a rank-1 ground truth, an RIP constant of $\delta<1/2$ is both necessary and sufficient for exact recovery from any arbitrary initial point (such as a random point). We also prove a local recovery result: given an initial point $x_{0}$ satisfying $f(x_{0})\le(1-\delta)^{2}f(0)$, any descent algorithm that converges to second-order optimality guarantees exact recovery.

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