Support Recovery for Sparse Multidimensional Phase Retrieval

Alexei Novikov, Stephen White

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We consider the sparse phase retrieval problem of recovering a sparse signal x in R^d from intensity-only measurements in dimension d ≥ 2. Sparse phase retrieval can often be equivalently formulated as the problem of recovering a signal from its autocorrelation, which is in turn directly related to the combinatorial problem of recovering a set from its pairwise differences. In one spatial dimension, this problem is well studied and known as the turnpike problem. In this work, we present MISTR (Multidimensional Intersection Sparse supporT Recovery), an algorithm which exploits this formulation to recover the support of a multidimensional signal from magnitude-only measurements. MISTR takes advantage of the structure of multiple dimensions to provably achieve the same accuracy as the best one-dimensional algorithms in dramatically less time. We prove theoretically that MISTR correctly recovers the support of signals distributed as a Gaussian point process with high probability as long as sparsity is at most O(ndθ ) for any θ < 1/2, where n^d represents pixel size in a fixed image window. In the case that magnitude measurements are corrupted by noise, we provide a thresholding scheme with theoretical guarantees for sparsity at most O(ndθ ) for θ < 1/4 that obviates the need for MISTR to explicitly handle noisy autocorrelation data. Detailed and reproducible numerical experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm, showing that in practice MISTR enjoys time complexity which is nearly linear in the size of the input.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9502003
Pages (from-to)4403-4415
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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