### Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of sparsity pattern detection for unknown κ-sparse n-dimensional signals observed through m noisy, random linear measurements. Sparsity pattern recovery arises in a number of settings including statistical model selection, pattern detection, and image acquisition. The main results in this paper are necessary and sufficient conditions for asymptotically-reliable sparsity pattern recovery in terms of the dimensions m, n and k as well as the signal-tonoise ratio (SNR) and the minimum-to-average ratio (MAR) of the nonzero entries of the signal. We show that m > 2κ log(n - κ)/(SNR ?MAR) is necessary for any algorithm to succeed, regardless of complexity; this matches a previous sufficient condition for maximum likelihood estimation within a constant factor under certain scalings of κ, SNR and MAR with n. We also show a sufficient condition for a computationally-trivial thresholding algorithm that is larger than the previous expression by only a factor of 4(1+SNR) and larger than the requirement for lasso by only a factor of 4/MAR. This provides insight on the precise value and limitations of convex programming-based algorithms.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 - Proceedings of the 2008 Conference |

Pages | 449-456 |

Number of pages | 8 |

State | Published - 2009 |

Event | 22nd Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 2008 - Vancouver, BC, Canada Duration: Dec 8 2008 → Dec 11 2008 |

### Publication series

Name | Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 - Proceedings of the 2008 Conference |
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### Other

Other | 22nd Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 2008 |
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Country | Canada |

City | Vancouver, BC |

Period | 12/8/08 → 12/11/08 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Information Systems

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*Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 - Proceedings of the 2008 Conference*(pp. 449-456). (Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 21 - Proceedings of the 2008 Conference).