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Layered Sampling for Robust Optimization Problems

Hu Ding · Zixiu Wang

Keywords: [ Clustering ] [ Combinatorial Optimization ] [ Unsupervised and Semi-supervised Learning ]

Abstract: In real world, our datasets often contain outliers. Most existing algorithms for handling outliers take high time complexities ({\em e.g.} quadratic or cubic complexity). {\em Coreset} is a popular approach for compressing data so as to speed up the optimization algorithms. However, the current coreset methods cannot be easily extended to handle the case with outliers. In this paper, we propose a new variant of coreset technique, {\em layered sampling}, to deal with two fundamental robust optimization problems: {\em $k$-median/means clustering with outliers} and {\em linear regression with outliers}. This new coreset method is in particular suitable to speed up the iterative algorithms (which often improve the solution within a local range) for those robust optimization problems.

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