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ECE MS Thesis Defense: "New Initialization Strategy for Nonnegative Matrix Factorization," Yueyang Wang


442 Dana

April 20, 2018 4:00 pm
April 20, 2018 4:00 pm


Nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) has been proved to be a powerful data representation method, and has shown success in applications such as data representation and document clustering. In this thesis, we purpose a new initialization strategy for NMF. This new method is entitled as square nonnegative matrix factorization, SQR-NMF. In this method, we first transform the non-square nonnegative matrix to a square one. Several strategies are proposed to achieve SQR step. Then we take the positive section of  eigenvalues and eigenvectors for initialization. Simulation results show that SQR-NMF has faster convergence and provides an approximation with lower error rate than SVD-NMF and random initialization.  
Complementing different elements also affect the results. The experiments show that complementary elements should be 0 for small data sets and mean values of each row or column of the origin nonnegative matrix for large data sets.

  • Professor Bahram Shafai (Advisor)
  • Professor Vinay Ingle
  • Professor Nian X. Sun