Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Nazım Burak Karahanoğlu
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Nazım Burak Karahanoğlu

Electronics Engineering, PhD. Dissertation, 2013

Thesis Jury

Asst. Prof. Hakan Erdoğan (Thesis Supervisor), Assoc. Prof. Cem Güneri, Assoc. Prof. Müjdat Çetin, Prof. Dr. Ş. İlker Birbil, Asst. Prof. İlker Bayram 

Date &Time: January 23rd, 2013 - 14:00

Place: FENS G035 

Keywords: Compressed sensing, sparse signal recovery, best-first tree search, forward-backward search, mixed integer linear programming. 


The sparse signal recovery, which appears not only in compressed sensing but also in other related problems such as sparse overcomplete representations, denoising, sparse learning, etc. has drawn a large attraction in the last decade. The literature contains a vast number of recovery methods, which have been analysed in theoretical and empirical aspects.

This dissertation presents novel search-based sparse signal recovery methods. First, we discuss theoretical analysis of the orthogonal matching pursuit algorithm with more iterations than the number of nonzero elements of the underlying sparse signal. Second, best-first tree search is incorporated for sparse recovery by a novel method, whose tractability follows from the properly defined cost models and pruning techniques. The proposed method is evaluated by both theoretical and empirical analyses, which clearly emphasize the improvements in the recovery accuracy. Next, we introduce an iterative two stage thresholding algorithm, where the forward step adds a larger number of nonzero elements to the sparse representation than the backward one removes. The presented simulation results reveal not only the recovery abilities of the proposed method, but also illustrate optimal choices for the step sizes. Finally, we propose a new mixed integer linear programming formulation for sparse recovery. Due to the equivalency of this formulation to the original problem, the solution is guaranteed to be correct when it can be solved in reasonable time. The simulation results indicate that the solution can be found easily under some reasonable assumptions, especially for signals with constant amplitude nonzero elements.