Sparse factor analysis via likelihood and ℓ1-regularization

Lipeng Ning, Tryphon T. Georgiou

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Abstract

In this note we consider the basic problem to identify linear relations in noise. We follow the viewpoint of factor analysis (FA) where the data is to be explained by a small number of independent factors and independent noise. Thereby an approximation of the sample covariance is sought which can be factored accordingly. An algorithm is proposed which weighs in an ℓ1-regularization term that induces sparsity of the linear model (factor) against a likelihood term that quantifies distance of the model to the sample covariance. The algorithm compares favorably against standard techniques of factor analysis. Their performance is compared first by simulation, where ground truth is available, and then on stock-market data where the proposed algorithm gives reasonable and sparser models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference, CDC-ECC 2011
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5188-5192
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781612848006
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference, CDC-ECC 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 12 2011Dec 15 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)0743-1546
ISSN (Electronic)2576-2370

Other

Other2011 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference, CDC-ECC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period12/12/1112/15/11

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