Information-Theoretic Characterization of Sparse Recovery


Cem Aksoylar, Venkatesh Saligrama ;
Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 33:38-46, 2014.


We formulate sparse support recovery as a salient set identification problem and use information-theoretic analyses to characterize the recovery performance and sample complexity. We consider a very general framework where we are not restricted to linear models or specific distributions. We state non-asymptotic bounds on recovery probability and a tight mutual information formula for sample complexity. We evaluate our bounds for applications such as sparse linear regression and explicitly characterize effects of correlation or noisy features on recovery performance. We show improvements upon previous work and identify gaps between the performance of recovery algorithms and fundamental information. This illustrates a trade-off between computational complexity and sample complexity, contrasting the recovery of the support as a discrete object with signal estimation approaches.

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