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Recursive Robust PCA or Recursive Sparse Recovery in Large but Structured Noise
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
  • Chenlu Qiu, Iowa State University
  • Namrata Vaswani, Iowa State University
  • Brian Lois, Iowa State University
  • Leslie Hogben, Iowa State University
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This paper studies the recursive robust principal components analysis problem. If the outlier is the signal-of-interest, this problem can be interpreted as one of recursively recovering a time sequence of sparse vectors, St, in the presence of large but structured noise, Lt. The structure that we assume on Lt is that Lt is dense and lies in a low-dimensional subspace that is either fixed or changes slowly enough. A key application where this problem occurs is in video surveillance where the goal is to separate a slowly changing background (Lt) from moving foreground objects (St) on-the-fly. To solve the above problem, in recent work, we introduced a novel solution called recursive projected CS (ReProCS). In this paper, we develop a simple modification of the original ReProCS idea and analyze it. This modification assumes knowledge of a subspace change model on the Lt's. Under mild assumptions and a denseness assumption on the unestimated part of the subspace of Lt at various times, we show that, with high probability, the proposed approach can exactly recover the support set of St at all times, and the reconstruction errors of both St and Lt are upper bounded by a time-invariant and small value. In simulation experiments, we observe that the last assumption holds as long as there is some support change of St every few frames.


This is a manuscript of an article from IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 60 (2014): 5007, doi:10.1109/TIT.2014.2331344. Posted with permission.

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Chenlu Qiu, Namrata Vaswani, Brian Lois and Leslie Hogben. "Recursive Robust PCA or Recursive Sparse Recovery in Large but Structured Noise" IEEE Transactions on Information Theory Vol. 60 (2014)
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