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A Well-Tempered Landscape for Non-convex Robust Subspace Recovery

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Tyler Maunu (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
We present a mathematical analysis of a non-convex energy landscape for Robust Subspace Recovery. We prove that if a deterministic condition holds in a neighborhood of an underlying subspace, then the underlying subspace is the only stationary point and local minimizer in this neighborhood. We further show that if the deterministic condition is satisfied, a geodesic gradient descent method over the Grassmannian manifold can exactly recover the underlying subspace with proper initialization. The condition is shown to hold with high probability for a certain model of data.

Joint work with Teng Zhang and Gilad Lerman.