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Learning with systematic corruptions: Regression-based methods with applications to MRI and graph estimation

Po Ling Loh, Student, UC Berkeley

Date and Time: Dec 12, 2012 (12:30 PM)
Location: Orchard room (3280) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Building


We will discuss a line of recent work on methods for statistical inference in high dimensions. In many real-world applications, samples are not collected cleanly and may be observed subject to systematic corruptions such as missing data and additive noise.

We describe how Lasso-based linear regression may be corrected to accommodate systematic corruptions, and discuss the challenges due to non-convexity that may arise. Nonetheless, we provide theoretical results guaranteeing that all local optima of the corrected Lasso estimator are close to the global optimum, and describe how composite gradient descent may be used to obtain a near-global optimum with a linear convergence rate. Moving beyond real-valued data, we describe how similar ideas may be used to overcome systematic additive noise in the context of compressed sensing MRI. Finally, we discuss how our results on corrected linear regression lead to new procedures for structural estimation in undirected graphical models with corrupted observations, both in Gaussian and discrete graphical models.

This is joint work with Martin Wainwright.