Near Optimal Compressed Sensing Without Priors: Parametric SURE Approximate Message Passing

Chunli Guo*, Mike E. Davies

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Both theoretical analysis and empirical evidence confirm that the approximate message passing (AMP) algorithm can be interpreted as recursively solving a signal denoising problem: at each AMP iteration, one observes a Gaussian noise perturbed original signal. Retrieving the signal amounts to a successive noise cancellation until the noise variance decreases to a satisfactory level. In this paper, we incorporate the Stein's unbiased risk estimate (SURE) based parametric denoiser with the AMP framework and propose the novel parametric SURE-AMP algorithm. At each parametric SURE-AMP iteration, the denoiser is adaptively optimized within the parametric class by minimizing SURE, which depends purely on the noisy observation. In this manner, the parametric SURE-AMP is guaranteed with the best-in-class recovery and convergence rate. If the parametric family includes the families of the mimimum mean squared error (MMSE) estimators, we are able to achieve the Bayesian optimal AMP performance without knowing the signal prior. In the paper, we resort to the linear parameterization of the SURE based denoiser and propose three different kernel families as the base functions. Numerical simulations with the Bernoulli-Gaussian, k-dense and Student's-t signals demonstrate that the parametric SURE-AMP does not only achieve the state-of-the-art recovery but also runs more than 20 times faster than the EM-GM-GAMP algorithm. Natural image simulations confirm the advantages of the parametric SURE-AMP for signals without prior information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2130-2141
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2015


  • Approximate message passing algorithm
  • compressed sensing
  • parametric estimator
  • signal denoising
  • Stein's unbiased risk estimate


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