14 February 2013 An efficient optimizer for simple point process models
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In this paper we discuss the main characteristics (that we consider to be essential) for the design of an efficient optimizer in the context of highly non-convex functions. We consider a specific model known as Marked Point Process (MPP). Given that the probability density is multimodal, and given the size of the configuration space, an exploration phase is essential at the beginning of the algorithm. Next, the fine details of the density function should be discovered. We propose efficient kernels to efficiently explore the different modes of the density, and other kernels to discover the details of each mode. We study the algorithm theoretically to express convergence speeds and to select its best parameters. We also present a simple and generic method to parallelize the optimization of a specific class of MPP models. We validate our ideas first on synthetic data of configurations of different sizes to prove the efficiency of the proposed kernels. Finally we present results on three different applications.
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Ahmed Gamal-Eldin, Ahmed Gamal-Eldin, Guillaume Charpiat, Guillaume Charpiat, Xavier Descombes, Xavier Descombes, Josiane Zerubia, Josiane Zerubia, "An efficient optimizer for simple point process models", Proc. SPIE 8657, Computational Imaging XI, 86570M (14 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2009238; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2009238

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