# Learned Filters

These are examples of 16x16 sparsifying filters, as described in [1].
They were learned on a set of five images and are constrained to form a frame for the
space of N by N images. While the filters appear similar to Gabor atoms or the filters
learned with a convolutional neural network, they were learned to satisfy a significantly
different optimality condition. A preprint of the full paper will be available soon.

**L. Pfister** and Y. Bresler, “Learning Sparsifying Filter Banks,” in *Proc. SPIE Wavelets & Sparsity XVI*, 2015, vol. 9597.
- Abstract
Recent years have numerous algorithms to learn a sparse synthesis or analysis model from data. Recently, a generalized analysis model called the ’transform model’ has been proposed. Data following the transform model is approximately sparsified when acted on by a linear operator called a sparsifying transform. While existing transform learning algorithms can learn a transform for any vectorized data, they are most often used to learn a model for overlapping image patches. However, these approaches do not exploit the redundant nature of this data and scale poorly with the dimensionality of the data and size of patches. We propose a new sparsifying transform learning framework where the transform acts on entire images rather than on patches. We illustrate the connection between existing patch-based transform learning approaches and the theory of block transforms, then develop a new transform learning framework where the transforms have the structure of an undecimated filter bank with short filters. Unlike previous work on transform learning, the filter length can be chosen independently of the number of filter bank channels. We apply our framework to accelerating magnetic resonance imaging. We simultaneously learn a sparsifying filter bank while reconstructing an image from undersampled Fourier measurements. Numerical experiments show our new model yields higher quality images than previous patch based sparsifying transform approaches.

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@inproceedings{Pfister2015,
title = {Learning Sparsifying Filter Banks},
author = {Pfister, Luke and Bresler, Yoram},
booktitle = {Proc. SPIE Wavelets \& Sparsity XVI},
year = {2015},
month = aug,
publisher = {SPIE},
volume = {9597},
doi = {10.1117/12.2188663},
file = {:Pfister2015.pdf:PDF},
owner = {luke},
slides = {Pfister2015_slides.pdf},
timestamp = {2015.04.29},
website_file = {Pfister2015.pdf}
}