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## Wednesday, February 29, 2012

### Low-rank matrix completion by Riemannian optimization: Implementation

I just came across this implementation:

Low-rank matrix completion by Riemannian optimization by Bart Vandereycken. The abstract reads:
The matrix completion problem consists of finding or approximating a low-rank matrix based on a few samples of this matrix. We propose a novel algorithm for matrix completion that minimizes the least square distance on the sampling set over the Riemannian manifold of fi xed-rank matrices. The algorithm is an adaptation of classical non-linear conjugate gradients, developed within the framework of retraction-based optimization on manifolds. We describe all the necessary objects from di erential geometry necessary to perform optimization over this low-rank matrix manifold, seen as a submanifold embedded in the space of matrices. In particular, we describe how metric projection can be used as retraction and how vector transport lets us obtain the conjugate search directions. Additionally, we derive second-order models that can be used in Newton's method based on approximating the exponential map on this manifold to second order. Finally, we prove convergence of a regularized version of our algorithm under the assumption that the restricted isometry property holds for incoherent matrices throughout the iterations. The numerical experiments indicate that our approach scales very well for large-scale problems and compares favorable with the state-of-the-art, while outperforming most existing solvers.

The attendant code is here and is listed in the Matrix Factorization Jungle

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