## Instance-optimality in probability with an <mml:math altimg="si1.gif" overflow="scroll" xmlns:xocs="http://www.elsevier.com/xml/xocs/dtd" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://www.e

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Let Φ (ω), ω ∈ Ω, be a family of n × N random matrices whose entries φ{symbol}i, j are independent realizations of a symmetric, real random variable η with expectation E η = 0 and variance E η2 = 1 / n. Such matrices are used in compressed sensing to encode a vector x ∈ RN by y = Φ x. The information y holds about x is extracted by using a decoder Δ : Rn → RN. The most prominent decoder is the ℓ1-minimization decoder Δ which gives for a given y ∈ Rn the element Δ (y) ∈ RN which has minimal ℓ1-norm among all z ∈ RN with Φ z = y. This paper is interested in properties of the random family Φ (ω) which guarantee that the vector over(x, ̄) : = Δ (Φ x) will with high probability approximate x in ℓ2 N to an accuracy comparable with the best k-term error of approximation in ℓ2 N for the range k ≤ a n / log2 (N / n). This means that for the above range of k, for each signal x ∈ RN, the vector over(x, ̄) : = Δ (Φ x) satisfies{norm of matrix} x - over(x, ̄) {norm of matrix}ℓ2N ≤ C under(inf, z ∈ Σk) {norm of matrix} x - z {norm of matrix}ℓ2N with high probability on the draw of Φ. Here, Σk consists of all vectors with at most k nonzero coordinates. The first result of this type was proved by Wojtaszczyk [P. Wojtaszczyk, Stability and instance optimality for Gaussian measurements in compressed sensing, Found. Comput. Math., in press] who showed this property when η is a normalized Gaussian random variable. We extend this property to more general random variables, including the particular case where η is the Bernoulli random variable which takes the values ± 1 / sqrt(n) with equal probability. The proofs of our results use geometric mapping properties of such random matrices some of which were recently obtained in [A. Litvak, A. Pajor, M. Rudelson, N. Tomczak-Jaegermann, Smallest singular value of random matrices and geometry of random polytopes, Adv. Math. 195 (2005) 491-523]. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.##### Citation

DeVore R, Petrova G, Wojtaszczyk P (2009) Instance-optimality in probability with an <mml:math altimg=“si1.gif” overflow=“scroll” xmlns:xocs=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/xocs/dtd” xmlns:xs=“http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema” xmlns:xsi=“http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance” xmlns=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/ja/dtd” xmlns:ja=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/ja/dtd” xmlns:mml=“http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML” xmlns:tb=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/common/table/dtd” xmlns:sb=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/common/struct-bib/dtd” xmlns:ce=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/common/dtd” xmlns:xlink=“http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink” xmlns:cals=“http://www.elsevier.com/xml/common/cals/dtd”><mml:msub><mml:mi>ℓ</mml:mi><mml:mn>1</mml:mn></mml:msub></mml:math>-minimization decoder. Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis 27: 275–288. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acha.2009.05.001.##### Sponsors

This research was supported by the Office of Naval Research Contracts N00014-03-1-0051, N00014-08-1-1113, N00014-03-1-0675, and N00014-05-1-0715; the ARO/DoD Contracts W911NF-05-1-0227 and W911NF-07-1-0185; the NSF Grant DMS-0810869; the Award #KUS-C1-016-04, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); the Polish MNiSW Grant N201 269335; and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications.##### Publisher

Elsevier BV##### ISSN

1063-5203##### Handle URI

http://hdl.handle.net/10754/598633ae974a485f413a2113503eed53cd6c53

10.1016/j.acha.2009.05.001