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Streaming and Distributed Algorithms for Robust Column Subset Selection
Shuli Jiang · Dongyu Li · Irene Mengze Li · Arvind Mahankali · David Woodruff

Thu Jul 22 07:40 PM -- 07:45 PM (PDT) @
We give the first single-pass streaming algorithm for Column Subset Selection with respect to the entrywise $\ell_p$-norm with $1 \leq p < 2$. We study the $\ell_p$ norm loss since it is often considered more robust to noise than the standard Frobenius norm. Given an input matrix $A \in \mathbb{R}^{d \times n}$ ($n \gg d$), our algorithm achieves a multiplicative $k^{\frac{1}{p} - \frac{1}{2}}\poly(\log nd)$-approximation to the error with respect to the \textit{best possible column subset} of size $k$. Furthermore, the space complexity of the streaming algorithm is optimal up to a logarithmic factor. Our streaming algorithm also extends naturally to a 1-round distributed protocol with nearly optimal communication cost. A key ingredient in our algorithms is a reduction to column subset selection in the $\ell_{p,2}$-norm, which corresponds to the $p$-norm of the vector of Euclidean norms of each of the columns of $A$. This enables us to leverage strong coreset constructions for the Euclidean norm, which previously had not been applied in this context. We also give the first provable guarantees for greedy column subset selection in the $\ell_{1, 2}$ norm, which can be used as an alternative, practical subroutine in our algorithms. Finally, we show that our algorithms give significant practical advantages on real-world data analysis tasks.

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Shuli Jiang (Carnegie Mellon University)
Dongyu Li (Carnegie Mellon University)
Irene Mengze Li (Carnegie Mellon University)
Arvind Mahankali (Carnegie Mellon University)
David Woodruff (Carnegie Mellon University)

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