Moreau-Yosida regularization for grouped tree structure learning

Jun Liu, Jieping Ye

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Abstract

We consider the tree structured group Lasso where the structure over the features can be represented as a tree with leaf nodes as features and internal nodes as clusters of the features. The structured regularization with a pre-defined tree structure is based on a group-Lasso penalty, where one group is defined for each node in the tree. Such a regularization can help uncover the structured sparsity, which is desirable for applications with some meaningful tree structures on the features. However, the tree structured group Lasso is challenging to solve due to the complex regularization. In this paper, we develop an efficient algorithm for the tree structured group Lasso. One of the key steps in the proposed algorithm is to solve the Moreau-Yosida regularization associated with the grouped tree structure. The main technical contributions of this paper include (1) we show that the associated Moreau-Yosida regularization admits an analytical solution, and (2) we develop an efficient algorithm for determining the effective interval for the regularization parameter. Our experimental results on the AR and JAFFE face data sets demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23
Subtitle of host publication24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2010, NIPS 2010
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2010, NIPS 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 9 2010

Publication series

NameAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23: 24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2010, NIPS 2010

Other

Other24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2010, NIPS 2010
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period12/6/1012/9/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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Liu, J., & Ye, J. (2010). Moreau-Yosida regularization for grouped tree structure learning. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23: 24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2010, NIPS 2010 (Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23: 24th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 2010, NIPS 2010).