Alternating Direction Methods for Sparse Covariance Selection

The mathematical model of the widely-used sparse covariance selection problem (SCSP) is an NP-hard combinatorial problem, whereas it can be well approximately by a convex relaxation problem whose maximum likelihood estimation is penalized by the $L_1$ norm. This convex relaxation problem, however, is still numerically challenging, especially for large-scale cases. Recently, some efficient first-order methods … Read more