Optimization meets Statistics: Fast global convergence for high-dimensional statistical recovery

21 February 2013
Professor Martin Wainwright
Many methods for solving high-dimensional statistical inverse problems are based on convex optimization problems formed by the weighted sum of a loss function with a norm-based regularizer. \\ Particular examples include $\ell_1$-based methods for sparse vectors and matrices, nuclear norm for low-rank matrices, and various combinations thereof for matrix decomposition and robust PCA. In this talk, we describe an interesting connection between computational and statistical efficiency, in particular showing that the same conditions that guarantee that an estimator has good statistical error can also be used to certify fast convergence of first-order optimization methods up to statistical precision. \\ \\ Joint work with Alekh Agarwahl and Sahand Negahban Pre-print (to appear in Annals of Statistics) \\ http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~wainwrig/Papers/AgaNegWai12b_SparseOptFull.pdf
  • Computational Mathematics and Applications Seminar