##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Math 278C: Optimization and Data Science Seminar

## Venkat Chandrasekaran

#### Caltech

## Learning Regularizers from Data

##### Abstract:

Regularization techniques are widely employed in the solution of inverse problems in data analysis and scientific computing due to their effectiveness in addressing difficulties due to ill-posedness. In their most common manifestation, these methods take the form of penalty functions added to the objective in optimization-based approaches for solving inverse problems. The purpose of the penalty function is to induce a desired structure in the solution, and these functions are specified based on prior domain-specific expertise. We consider the problem of learning suitable regularization functions from data in settings in which precise domain knowledge is not directly available; the objective is to identify a regularizer to promote the type of structure contained in the data. The regularizers obtained using our framework are specified as convex functions that can be computed efficiently via semidefinite programming. Our approach for learning such semidefinite regularizers combines recent techniques for rank minimization problems along with the Operator Sinkhorn iteration. (Joint work with Yong Sheng Soh).

Host: Jiawang Nie

### February 14, 2018

### 2:00 PM

### AP&M 7321

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