Efficient estimation of regularization parameters via downsampling and the singular value expansion: Downsampling regularization parameter estimation

Rosemary Renaut, Michael Horst, Yang Wang, Douglas Cochran, Jakob Hansen

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The solution, x, of the linear system of equations Ax≈ b arising from the discretization of an ill-posed integral equation g(s)=∫H(s,t)f(t)dt with a square integrable kernel H(s, t) is considered. The Tikhonov regularized solution x(λ) approximating the Galerkin coefficients of f(t) is found as the minimizer of J(x)={‖Ax-b‖22+λ2‖Lx‖22}, where b is given by the Galerkin coefficients of g(s). x(λ) depends on the regularization parameter λ that trades off between the data fidelity and the smoothing norm determined by L, here assumed to be diagonal and invertible. The Galerkin method provides the relationship between the singular value expansion of the continuous kernel and the singular value decomposition of the discrete system matrix for square integrable kernels. We prove that the kernel maintains square integrability under left and right multiplication by bounded functions and thus the relationship also extends to appropriately weighted kernels. The resulting approximation of the integral equation permits examination of the properties of the regularized solution x(λ) independent of the sample size of the data. We prove that consistently down sampling both the system matrix and the data provides a small scale system that preserves the dominant terms of the right singular subspace of the system and can then be used to estimate the regularization parameter for the original system. When g(s) is directly measured via its Galerkin coefficients the regularization parameter is preserved across resolutions. For measurements of g(s) a scaling argument is required to move across resolutions of the systems when the regularization parameter is found using a regularization parameter estimation technique that depends on the knowledge of the variance in the data. Numerical results illustrate the theory and demonstrate the practicality of the approach for regularization parameter estimation using generalized cross validation, unbiased predictive risk estimation and the discrepancy principle applied to both the system of equations, and to the regularized system of equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-529
Number of pages31
JournalBIT Numerical Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Ill-posed inverse problem
  • Regularization parameter estimation
  • Singular value decomposition
  • Singular value expansion
  • Tikhonov regularization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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