Gauss-Seidel HALS algorithm for nonnegative matrix factorization with sparseness and smoothness constraints

Takumi Kimura, Norikazu Takahashi

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Nonnegative Matrix Factorization (NMF) with sparseness and smoothness constraints has attracted increasing attention. When these properties are considered, NMF is usually formulated as an optimization problem in which a linear combination of an approximation error term and some regularization terms must be minimized under the constraint that the factor matrices are nonnegative. In this paper, we focus our attention on the error measure based on the Euclidean distance and propose a new iterative method for solving those optimization problems. The proposed method is based on the Hierarchical Alternating Least Squares (HALS) algorithm developed by Cichocki et al. We first present an example to show that the original HALS algorithm can increase the objective value. We then propose a new algorithm called the Gauss-Seidel HALS algorithm that decreases the objective value monotonically. We also prove that it has the global convergence property in the sense of Zangwill. We finally verify the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm through numerical experiments using synthetic and real data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2925-2935
Number of pages11
JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Euclidean distance
  • Global convergence
  • Hierarchical alternating least squares algorithm
  • Nonnegative matrix factorization
  • Smoothness
  • Sparseness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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