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Sparse Inverse Covariance Selection via Alternating Linearization Methods

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Sparse Inverse Covariance Selection via Alternating Linearization Methods
Gaussian graphical models are of great interest in statistical learning. Because the conditional independencies between different nodes correspond to zero entries in the inverse covariance matrix of the Gaussian distribution, one can learn the structure of the graph by estimating a sparse inverse covariance matrix from sample data, by solving a convex maximum likelihood problem with an ℓ1-regularization term. In this paper, we propose a first-order method based on an alternating linearization technique that exploits the problem’s special structure; in particular, the subproblems solved in each iteration have closed-form solutions. Moreover, our algorithm obtains an ϵ-optimal solution in O(1/ϵ) iterations. Numerical experiments on both synthetic and real data from gene association networks show that a practical version of this algorithm outperforms other competitive algorithms.
Katya Scheinberg, Shiqian Ma, Donald Goldfarb
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where CORR
Authors Katya Scheinberg, Shiqian Ma, Donald Goldfarb
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