Sparse Modelling and Multi-exponential Analysis (Dagstuhl Seminar 15251)

Authors Annie Cuyt, George Labahn, Avraham Sidi, Wen-shin Lee and all authors of the abstracts in this report

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Annie Cuyt
George Labahn
Avraham Sidi
Wen-shin Lee
and all authors of the abstracts in this report

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Annie Cuyt, George Labahn, Avraham Sidi, and Wen-shin Lee. Sparse Modelling and Multi-exponential Analysis (Dagstuhl Seminar 15251). In Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp. 48-69, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)


The research fields of harmonic analysis, approximation theory and computer algebra are seemingly different domains and are studied by seemingly separated research communities. However, all of these are connected to each other in many ways. The connection between harmonic analysis and approximation theory is not accidental: several constructions among which wavelets and Fourier series, provide major insights into central problems in approximation theory. And the intimate connection between approximation theory and computer algebra exists even longer: polynomial interpolation is a long-studied and important problem in both symbolic and numeric computing, in the former to counter expression swell and in the latter to construct a simple data model. A common underlying problem statement in many applications is that of determining the number of components, and for each component the value of the frequency, damping factor, amplitude and phase in a multi-exponential model. It occurs, for instance, in magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopy, vibration analysis, seismic data analysis, electronic odour recognition, keystroke recognition, nuclear science, music signal processing, transient detection, motor fault diagnosis, electrophysiology, drug clearance monitoring and glucose tolerance testing, to name just a few. The general technique of multi-exponential modeling is closely related to what is commonly known as the Pad/'e-Laplace method in approximation theory, and the technique of sparse interpolation in the field of computer algebra. The problem statement is also solved using a stochastic perturbation method in harmonic analysis. The problem of multi-exponential modeling is an inverse problem and therefore may be severely ill-posed, depending on the relative location of the frequencies and phases. Besides the reliability of the estimated parameters, the sparsity of the multi-exponential representation has become important. A representation is called sparse if it is a combination of only a few elements instead of all available generating elements. In sparse interpolation, the aim is to determine all the parameters from only a small amount of data samples, and with a complexity proportional to the number of terms in the representation. Despite the close connections between these fields, there is a clear lack of communication in the scientific literature. The aim of this seminar is to bring researchers together from the three mentioned fields, with scientists from the varied application domains.
  • Sparse Interpolation
  • Exponential Analysis
  • Signal Processing
  • Rational Approximation


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