Log-Euclidean Kernels for Sparse Representation and Dictionary Learning

Peihua Li, Qilong Wang, Wangmeng Zuo, Lei Zhang; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013, pp. 1601-1608


The symmetric positive desnite (SPD) matrices have been widely used in image and vision problems. Recently there are growing interests in studying sparse representation (SR) of SPD matrices, motivated by the great success of SR for vector data. Though the space of SPD matrices is well-known to form a Lie group that is a Riemannian manifold, existing work fails to take full advantage of its geometric structure. This paper attempts to tackle this problem by proposing a kernel based method for SR and dictionary learning (DL) of SPD matrices. We disclose that the space of SPD matrices, with the operations of logarithmic multiplication and scalar logarithmic multiplication desned in the Log-Euclidean framework, is a complete inner product space. We can thus develop a broad family of kernels that satisses Mercer's condition. These kernels characterize the geodesic distance and can be computed efsciently. We also consider the geometric structure in the DL process by updating atom matrices in the Riemannian space instead of in the Euclidean space. The proposed method is evaluated with various vision problems and shows notable performance gains over state-of-the-arts.

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author = {Li, Peihua and Wang, Qilong and Zuo, Wangmeng and Zhang, Lei},
title = {Log-Euclidean Kernels for Sparse Representation and Dictionary Learning},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2013}