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Matrix Completion IT530 Lecture Notes

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 1 Consider a survey of M people where each is asked Q questions. It may not be possible to ask each person all Q questions. Consider a matrix of size M by Q (each row is the set of questions asked to any given person). This matrix is only partially filled (many missing entries). Is it possible to infer the full matrix given just the recorded entries?

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 2 Some online shopping sites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay, Netflix etc. have recommender systems. These websites collect product ratings from users (especially Netflix). Based on user ratings, these websites try to recommend other products/movies to the user that he/she will like with a high probability. Consider a matrix with the number of rows equal to the number of users, and number of columns equal to the number of movies/products. This matrix will be HIGHLY incomplete (no user has the patience to rate too many movies!!) – maybe only 5% of the entries will be filled up. Can the recommender system infer user preferences from just the defined entries?

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 2 Read about the Netflix Prize to design a better recommender system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix_Prize

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 3 Consider an image or a video with several pixel values missing. This is not uncommon in range imagery or remote sensing applications! Consider a matrix whose each column is a (vectorized) patch of M pixels. Let the number of columns be K. This M by K matrix will have many missing entries. Is it possible to infer the complete matrix given just the defined pixel values? If the answer were yes, note the implications for image compression!

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 4 Consider a long video sequence of F frames. Suppose I mark out M salient (interesting points) {P i }, 1<=i<=M, in the first frame. And try to track those points in all subsequent frames. Consider a matrix of size M x 2F where row j contains the X and Y coordinates of points on the motion trajectory of initial point P j. Unfortunately, many salient points may not be trackable due to occlusion or errors from the tracking algorithms. So is highly incomplete. Is it possible to infer the true matrix from only the available measurements?

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A property of these matrices Scenario 1: Many people will tend to give very similar or identical answers to many survey questions. Scenario 2: Many people will have similar preferences for movies (only a few factors affect user choices). Scenario 3: Non-local self-similarity! This makes the matrices in all these scenarios low in rank!

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A property of these matrices Scenario 4: The true matrix underlying in question has been PROVED to be of low rank (in fact, rank 3) under orthographic projection ( ref: Tomasi and Kanade, “Shape and Motion from Image Streams Under Orthography: a Factorization Method”, IJCV 1992 ) and a few other more complex camera models up to rank 9 ( ref: Irani, “Multiframe correspondence estimation using subspace constraints”, IJCV 2002 ). (in the rank 3 case) can be expressed as a product of two matrices – a rotation matrix of size 2F x 3, and a shape matrix of size 3 x P. is useful for many computer vision problems such as structure from motion, motion segmentation and multi- frame point correspondences.

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(Many) low-rank matrices are cool! The answer to the four questions/scenarios is a big NO in the general case. But it’s a big YES if we assume that the underlying matrix has low rank (and which, as we have seen, is indeed the case for all four scenarios) and obeys a few more constraints.

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Theorem 1 (Informal Statement) Consider an unknown matrix of size n 1 by n 2 having rank r < min(n 1, n 2 ). Suppose we observe only a fraction of entries of in the form of matrix , where (i,j) = (i,j) for all (i,j) belonging to some uniformly randomly sampled set and (i,j) undefined elsewhere. If (1) has row and column spaces that are “sufficiently incoherent” with the canonical basis (i.e. identity matrix), (2) r is “sufficiently small”, and (3) is “sufficiently large”, then we can accurately recover from by solving the following rank minimization problem: Ref: Candes and Recht, “Exact Matrix Completion via Convex Optimization”, 2008.

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Cool theorem, but … The afore-mentioned optimization problem is NP-hard (in fact, it is known to have double exponential complexity!)

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Theorem 2 (Informal Statement) Consider an unknown matrix of size n 1 by n 2 having rank r < min(n 1, n 2 ). Suppose we observe only a fraction of entries of in the form of matrix , where (i,j) = (i,j) for all (i,j) belonging to some uniformly randomly sampled set and (i,j) undefined elsewhere. If (1) has row and column spaces that are “sufficiently incoherent” with the canonical basis (i.e. identity matrix), (2) r is “sufficiently small”, and (3) is “sufficiently large”, then we can accurately recover from by solving the following “trace- norm” minimization problem:

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What is the trace-norm of a matrix? The trace-norm of a matrix is the sum of its singular values. It is also called nuclear norm. It is a softened version of the rank of a matrix, just like the L1-norm of a vector is a softened version of the L0- norm of the vector. Minimization of the trace-norm (even under the given constraints) is a convex optimization problem and can be solved efficiently (no local minima issues). This is similar to the L1-norm optimization (in compressive sensing) being efficiently solvable.

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More about trace-norm minimization The efficient trace-norm minimization procedure is provably known to give the EXACT SAME result as the NP-hard rank minimization problem (under the same constraints and same conditions on the unknown matrix and the sampling set ). This is analogous to the case where L1-norm optimization yielded the same result as L0-norm optimization (under the same set of constraints and conditions). Henceforth we will concentrate only on Theorem 2 (and beyond).

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The devil is in the details Beware: Not all low-rank matrices can be recovered from partial measurements! Example consider a matrix containing zeroes everywhere except the top-right corner. This matrix is low rank, but it cannot be recovered from knowledge of only a fraction of its entries! Many other such examples exist. In reality, Theorems 1 and 2 work for low-rank matrices whose singular vectors are sufficiently spread out, i.e. sufficiently incoherent with the canonical basis (i.e. with the identity matrix).

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Coherence of a basis The coherence of subspace U of R n and having dimension r with respect to the canonical basis {e i } is defined as:

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Formal definition of key assumptions Consider an underlying matrix M of size n 1 by n 2. Let the SVD of M be given as follows: We make the following assumptions about M: 1.(A0) 2.(A1) The maximum entry in the n 1 by n 2 matrix is upper bounded by

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What do these assumptions mean (in English)? (A0) means that the singular vectors of the matrix are sufficiently incoherent with the canonical basis. (A1) means that the singular vectors of the matrix are not spiky (e.g. canonical basis vectors are spiky signals – the spike has magnitude 1 and the rest of the signal is 0; a vector of n elements with all values equal to 1/square-root(n) is not spiky).

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Theorem 2 (Formal Statement) the trace-norm minimizer (in the informal statement of theorem 2)

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Comments on Theorem 2 Theorem 2 states that more entries of M must be known (denoted by m) for accurate reconstruction if (1) M has larger rank r, (2) greater value of 0 in (A0), (3) greater value of 1 in (A1). Example: If 0 = O(1) and the rank r is small, the reconstruction is accurate with high probability provided.

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Comments on Theorem 2 It turns out that if the singular vectors of matrix M have bounded values, the condition (A1) almost always holds for the value 1 = O(log n).

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Matrix Completion under noise Consider an unknown matrix of size n 1 by n 2 having rank r < min(n 1, n 2 ). Suppose we observe only a fraction of entries of in the form of matrix , where (i,j) = (i,j) + Z(i,j) for all (i,j) belonging to some set and (i,j) undefined elsewhere. Here Z refers to a white noise process which obeys the constraint that:

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Matrix Completion under noise In such cases, the unknown matrix can be recovered by solving the following minimization procedure (called as a semi- definite program):

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Theorem 3 (informal statement) The reconstruction result from the previous procedure is accurate with an error bound given by:

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A Minimization Algorithm Consider the minimization problem: There are many techniques to solve this problem (http://perception.csl.illinois.edu/matrix- rank/sample_code.html)http://perception.csl.illinois.edu/matrix- rank/sample_code.html Out of these, we will study one method called “singular value thresholding”.

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Singular Value Thresholding (SVT) Ref: Cai et al, “A singular value thresholding algorithm for matrix completion”, SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2010. The soft-thresholding procedure obeys the following property (which we state w/o proof).

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Properties of SVT (stated w/o proof) The sequence { (k) } converges to the true solution of the main problem provided the step-sizes { k } all lie between 0 and 2, and the value of is large.

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Results The SVT algorithm works very efficiently and is easily implementable in MATLAB. The authors report reconstruction of a 30,000 by 30,000 matrix in just 17 minutes on a 1.86 GHz dual-core desktop with 3 GB RAM and with MATLAB’s multithreading option enabled.

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Results (Data without noise)

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Results (Noisy Data)

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Results on real data Dataset consists of a matrix M of geodesic distances between 312 cities in the USA/Canada. This matrix is of approximately low-rank (in fact, the relative Frobenius error between M and its rank-3 approximation is 0.1159). 70% of the entries of this matrix (chosen uniformly at random) were blanked out.

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Results on real data The underlying matrix was estimated using SVT. In just a few seconds and a few iterations, the SVT produces an estimate that is as accurate as the best rank-3 approximation of M.

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Results on real data

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Applications to Video Denoising Consider a video I(x,y,t) corrupted by Gaussian and impulse noise. Impulse noise usually has high magnitude and can be spatially sparse. Impulse noise can be “removed” by local median filtering, but this can also attenuate edges and corners. Instead, the median filtering is used as an intermediate step for collecting together K patches that are “similar” to a reference patch.

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Applications to Video Denoising The similar patches are assembled in the form of a matrix Q of size n x K (where n = number of pixels in each patch). If the noise were only Gaussian, we could perform an SVD on Q, attenuate appropriate singular values and then reconstruct the patches. In fact, this is what non-local PCA does (with minor differences).

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Applications to Video Denoising But the entries in Q are also corrupted by impulse noise, and this adversely affects the SVD computation. Hence we can regard those pixels that are affected by impulse noise as “incomplete entries” (how will you identify them?) and pose this as a matrix completion under noise problem.

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Applications to Video Denoising The formal problem statement is: Matrix of true/clean patches Matrix of noisy patches Set of indices of pixels in Q having well-defined values (i.e. values not corrupted by impulse noise). Standard deviation of Gaussian noise

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Applications to Video Denoising We know this can be solved using singular value thresholding (though other algorithms also exist). This procedure is repeated throughout the image or the video.

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Result: effect of median filter

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Denoising results

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 5 Consider N points of dimension d each, denoted as {x i },1 ≤ i ≤ N. Consider a matrix D of size N x N, where D ij = |x i - x j | 2 = -2x T i x j + x T i x i + x T i x j D can be written in the form D = 1z T +z1 T -2XX T where z is a vector of length N where z i = x T i x i, where X is a matrix of size N by d, and where 1 is a vector of length N containing all ones.

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Matrix Completion in Practice: Scenario 5 Hence the rank of D = 2 + rank(XX T )=2+d.

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