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If the unknown image is the superposition of a few simple shapes, and a non-degenerate source condition holds, then in the low noise regime, the reconstructed images have the same structure: they are the superposition of the same number of shapes, each a smooth deformation of one of the unknown shapes.

Abstract

The content discusses the recovery of piecewise constant images from noisy linear measurements using total variation regularization. It provides the following key insights:
Total variation regularization promotes piecewise constant solutions, which can be represented as the superposition of a few simple shapes.
The authors analyze the noise robustness of this variational reconstruction method, focusing on the case where the unknown image is the superposition of a few simple shapes.
They introduce a non-degenerate source condition, which ensures that in the low noise regime, the reconstructed images have the same structure as the unknown image: they are the superposition of the same number of shapes, each a smooth deformation of one of the unknown shapes.
The analysis relies on a set of results about the faces of the total variation unit ball, as well as an investigation of the behavior of solutions to the prescribed curvature problem under variations of the curvature functional.
The authors show that if the non-degenerate source condition holds, the reconstructed shapes and their associated intensities converge to the unknown ones as the noise goes to zero.

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by Yohann De Ca... at **arxiv.org** 04-01-2024

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To verify the non-degenerate source condition in practice for a given measurement operator Φ and unknown image u0, one would need to ensure that the operator Φ is injective on the cone {u ∈ L2(R2) | Φ∗p ∈ ∂TV(u)}. This condition guarantees that the unknown image u0 is the unique solution to the noiseless problem. Additionally, one would need to check that the dual certificate p associated with the solution to the dual problem (D0(y0)) exists. This certificate certifies the optimality of u0 for the problem (P0(y0)). By verifying these conditions, one can ensure the identifiability of the unknown image u0 in the reconstruction process.

In the context of the denoising case where the measurement operator Φ is the identity operator (Φ = Id), the support recovery properties differ from more general linear inverse problems considered in the work. Specifically, in the denoising case, the support recovery may be less favorable compared to the general linear inverse problems. This is because the denoising process with total variation regularization may lead to the creation of large flat zones instead of oscillating regions, known as the staircasing effect. As a result, the support recovery in the denoising case may not be as stable or accurate as in the general linear inverse problems where the operator Φ introduces additional constraints and structure to the problem.

The analysis presented in the work can potentially be extended to more general regularizers beyond total variation that promote different types of sparse structures in the reconstructed images. By exploring other regularizers such as ℓ1 norm, group sparsity, or low-rank constraints, the reconstruction method can be adapted to capture specific characteristics or features in the images. Each type of regularizer imposes different constraints on the solution space, leading to unique sparse structures in the reconstructed images. Extending the analysis to different regularizers would require adapting the theoretical framework to the specific properties and optimization techniques associated with each type of regularization method.

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