Noise Statistics Oblivious GARD For Robust Regression With Sparse Outliers

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Noise Statistics Oblivious GARD For Robust Regression With Sparse Outliers

Sreejith Kallummil, Sheetal Kalyani

Linear regression models contaminated by Gaussian noise (inlier) and possibly unbounded sparse outliers are common in many signal processing applications. Sparse recovery inspired robust regression (SRIRR) techniques are shown to deliver high-quality estimation performance in such regression models. Unfortunately, most SRIRR techniques assume a priori knowledge of noise statistics like inlier noise variance or outlier statistics like number of outliers. Both inlier and outlier noise statistics are rarely known a priori , and this limits the efficient operation of many SRIRR algorithms. This paper proposes a novel noise statistics oblivious algorithm called residual ratio thresholding GARD (RRT-GARD) for robust regression in the presence of sparse outliers. RRT-GARD is developed by modifying the recently proposed noise statistics dependent greedy algorithm for robust denoising (GARD). Both finite sample and asymptotic analytical results indicate that RRT-GARD performs nearly similar to GARD with a priori knowledge of noise statistics. Numerical simulations in real and synthetic data sets also point to the highly competitive performance of RRT-GARD.

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