Compressed sensing and best k k -term approximation Academic Article uri icon


  • Compressed sensing is a new concept in signal processing where one seeks to minimize the number of measurements to be taken from signals while still retaining the information necessary to approximate them well. The ideas have their origins in certain abstract results from functional analysis and approximation theory by Kashin but were recently brought into the forefront by the work of Cands, Romberg, and Tao and of Donoho who constructed concrete algorithms and showed their promise in application. There remain several fundamental questions on both the theoretical and practical sides of compressed sensing. This paper is primarily concerned with one of these theoretical issues revolving around just how well compressed sensing can approximate a given signal from a given budget of fixed linear measurements, as compared to adaptive linear measurements. More precisely, we consider discrete signals x R N xin mathbb {R}^N , allocate n > N n>N linear measurements of x x , and we describe the range of k k for which these measurements encode enough information to recover x x in the sense of p ell _p to the accuracy of best k k -term approximation. We also consider the problem of having such accuracy only with high probability.

published proceedings

  • Journal of the American Mathematical Society

altmetric score

  • 8

author list (cited authors)

  • Cohen, A., Dahmen, W., & DeVore, R.

citation count

  • 596

complete list of authors

  • Cohen, Albert||Dahmen, Wolfgang||DeVore, Ronald

publication date

  • July 2008