Fused sparsity and robust estimation for linear models with unknown variance

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 25 (NIPS 2012)

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Arnak Dalalyan, Yin Chen


In this paper, we develop a novel approach to the problem of learning sparse representations in the context of fused sparsity and unknown noise level. We propose an algorithm, termed Scaled Fused Dantzig Selector (SFDS), that accomplishes the aforementioned learning task by means of a second-order cone program. A special emphasize is put on the particular instance of fused sparsity corresponding to the learning in presence of outliers. We establish finite sample risk bounds and carry out an experimental evaluation on both synthetic and real data.