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An Analysis of Convex Relaxations for MAP Estimation

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An Analysis of Convex Relaxations for MAP Estimation
The problem of obtaining the maximum a posteriori estimate of a general discrete random field (i.e. a random field defined using a finite and discrete set of labels) is known to be NP-hard. However, due to its central importance in many applications, several approximate algorithms have been proposed in the literature. In this paper, we present an analysis of three such algorithms based on convex relaxations: (i) LP-S: the linear programming (LP) relaxation proposed by Schlesinger [20] for a special case and independently in [4, 12, 23] for the general case; (ii) QP-RL: the quadratic programming (QP) relaxation by Ravikumar and Lafferty [18]; and (iii) SOCP-MS: the second order cone programming (SOCP) relaxation first proposed by Muramatsu and Suzuki [16] for two label problems and later extended in [14] for a general label set. We show that the SOCP-MS and the QP-RL relaxations are equivalent. Furthermore, we prove that despite the flexibility in the form of the constraints/obje...
Pawan Mudigonda, Vladimir Kolmogorov, Philip H. S.
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Year 2007
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Authors Pawan Mudigonda, Vladimir Kolmogorov, Philip H. S. Torr
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