Fast Convolutional Dictionary Learning off the Grid


Andrew H. Song, Francisco J. Flores, and Demba Ba. Submitted. “Fast Convolutional Dictionary Learning off the Grid.” In IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. arXiv Version


Given a continuous-time signal that can be modeled as the superposition of localized, time-shifted events from multiple sources, the goal of Convolutional Dictionary Learning (CDL) is to identify the location of the events--by Convolutional Sparse Coding (CSC)--and learn the template for each source--by Convolutional Dictionary Update (CDU). In practice, because we observe samples of the continuous-time signal on a uniformly-sampled grid in discrete time, classical CSC methods can only produce estimates of the times when the events occur on this grid, which degrades the performance of the CDU. We introduce a CDL framework that significantly reduces the errors arising from performing the estimation in discrete time. Specifically, we construct an expanded dictionary that comprises, not only discrete-time shifts of the templates, but also interpolated variants, obtained by bandlimited interpolation, that account for continuous-time shifts. For CSC, we develop a novel computationally efficient CSC algorithm, termed Convolutional Orthogonal Matching Pursuit with interpolated dictionary (COMP-INTERP). We benchmarked COMP-INTERP to Contiunuous Basis Pursuit (CBP), the state-of-the-art CSC algorithm for estimating off-the-grid events, and demonstrate, on simulated data, that 1) COMP-INTERP achieves a similar level of accuracy, and 2) is two orders of magnitude faster. For CDU, we derive a novel procedure to update the templates given sparse codes that can occur both on and off the discrete-time grid. We also show that 3) dictionary update with the overcomplete dictionary yields more accurate templates. Finally, we apply the algorithms to the spike sorting problem on electrophysiology recording and show their competitive performance.