A unified framework for high-dimensional analysis of $M$-estimators with decomposable regularizers

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 22 (NIPS 2009)

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Sahand Negahban, Bin Yu, Martin J. Wainwright, Pradeep Ravikumar


The estimation of high-dimensional parametric models requires imposing some structure on the models, for instance that they be sparse, or that matrix structured parameters have low rank. A general approach for such structured parametric model estimation is to use regularized M-estimation procedures, which regularize a loss function that measures goodness of fit of the parameters to the data with some regularization function that encourages the assumed structure. In this paper, we aim to provide a unified analysis of such regularized M-estimation procedures. In particular, we report the convergence rates of such estimators in any metric norm. Using just our main theorem, we are able to rederive some of the many existing results, but also obtain a wide range of novel convergence rates results. Our analysis also identifies key properties of loss and regularization functions such as restricted strong convexity, and decomposability, that ensure the corresponding regularized M-estimators have good convergence rates.