Relaxed conditions for sparse signal recovery with general concave priors

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The emerging theory of compressive or compressed sensing challenges the convention of modern digital signal processing by establishing that exact signal reconstruction is possible for many problems where the sampling rate falls well below the Nyquist limit. Following the landmark works of Candès et al. and Donoho on the performance of ℓ1-minimization models for signal reconstruction, several authors demonstrated that certain nonconvex reconstruction models consistently outperform the convex ℓ1-model in practice at very low sampling rates despite the fact that no global minimum can be theoretically guaranteed. Nevertheless, there has been little theoretical investigation into the performance of these nonconvex models. In this paper, a notion of weak signal recoverability is introduced and the performance of nonconvex reconstruction models employing general concave metric priors is investigated under this model. The sufficient conditions for establishing weak signal recoverability are shown to substantially relax as the prior functional is parameterized to more closely resemble the targeted ℓ1 -model, offering new insight into the empirical performance of this general class of reconstruction methods. Examples of relaxation trends are shown for several different prior models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4347-4354
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2009


  • Compressed sensing
  • Compressive sensing
  • Restricted isometry property
  • Signal recovery
  • Weak recoverability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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