Rank estimation in missing data matrix problems

Carme Julià, Angel D. Sappa, Felipe Lumbreras, Joan Serrat, Antonio López

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A novel technique for missing data matrix rank estimation is presented. It is focused on matrices of trajectories, where every element of the matrix corresponds to an image coordinate from a feature point of a rigid moving object at a given frame; missing data are represented as empty entries. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate the rank of a missing data matrix in order to fill in empty entries with some matrix completion method, without using or assuming neither the number of objects contained in the scene nor the kind of their motion. The key point of the proposed technique consists in studying the frequency behaviour of the individual trajectories, which are seen as 1D signals. The main assumption is that due to the rigidity of the moving objects, the frequency content of the trajectories will be similar after filling in their missing entries. The proposed rank estimation approach can be used in different computer vision problems, where the rank of a missing data matrix needs to be estimated. Experimental results with synthetic and real data are provided in order to empirically show the good performance of the proposed approach. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-160
JournalJournal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • Matrix completion techniques
  • Missing data
  • Rank estimation


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