STA 290 Seminar: James Sharpnack

STA 290 Seminar Series

Thursday, September 24th, 4:10pm, MSB 1147 (Colloquium Room)

Refreshments at 3:30pm in MSB 4110 (Statistics Lounge)

Speaker:          James Sharpnack (Dept. Statistics, UC Davis)

Title:                “Trend filtering on graphs”

Abstract:          We introduce a family of adaptive estimators on graphs, based on penalizing the L1 norm of discrete graph differences. This generalizes the idea of trend filtering [Kim et al. (2009), Tibshirani (2014)], used for univariate nonparametric regression, to graphs. Analogous to the univariate case, graph trend filtering exhibits a level of local adaptivity unmatched by the usual L2 based graph smoothers. It is also defined by a convex minimization problem that is readily solved (e.g., by fast ADMM or Newton algorithms). We demonstrate the merits of graph trend filtering through examples and theory.