Construction of Covariance Matrices with a specified Discrepancy Function Minimizer, with Application to Factor Analysis

The main goal of this paper is to develop a numerical procedure for construction of covariance matrices such that for a given covariance structural model and a discrepancy function the corresponding minimizer of the discrepancy function has a specified value. Often construction of such matrices is a first step in Monte Carlo studies of statistical … Read more

A Near Maximum Likelihood Decoding Algorithm for MIMO Systems Based on Semi-Definite Programming

In Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) systems, Maximum-Likelihood (ML) decoding is equivalent to finding the closest lattice point in an N-dimensional complex space. In general, this problem is known to be NP hard. In this paper, we propose a quasi-maximum likelihood algorithm based on Semi-Definite Programming (SDP). We introduce several SDP relaxation models for MIMO systems, with … Read more

Blind Source Separation using Relative Newton Method combined with Smoothing Method of Multipliers

We study a relative optimization framework for quasi-maximum likelihood blind source separation and relative Newton method as its particular instance. The structure of the Hessian allows its fast approximate inversion. In the second part we present Smoothing Method of Multipliers (SMOM) for minimization of sum of pairwise maxima of smooth functions, in particular sum of … Read more