Numerical experiments have indicated that the reweighted $\ell_1$-minimization performs exceptionally well in locating sparse solutions of underdetermined linear systems of equations. Thus it is important to carry out a further investigation of this class of methods. In this paper, we point out that reweighted $\ell_1$-methods are intrinsically associated with the minimization of the so-called merit functions for sparsity, which are essentially concave approximations to the cardinality function. Based on this observation, we further show that a family of reweighted $\ell_1$-algorithms can be systematically derived from the perspective of concave optimization through the linearization technique. In order to conduct a unified convergence analysis for this family of algorithms, we introduce the concept of Range Space Property (RSP) of matrices, and prove that if $A^T$ has this property, the reweighted $\ell_1$-algorithms can find a sparse solution to the underdetermined linear system provided that the merit function for sparsity is properly chosen. In particular, some convergence conditions (based on the RSP) for Cand\`es-Wakin-Boyd method and the recent $\ell_p$-quasi-norm-based reweighted $\ell_1$-minimization can be obtained as special cases of the general framework.

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