Compressed Sensing Approaches for Polynomial Approximation of High-Dimensional Functions

Part of the Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis book series (ANHA)


In recent years, the use of sparse recovery techniques in the approximation of high-dimensional functions has garnered increasing interest. In this work we present a survey of recent progress in this emerging topic. Our main focus is on the computation of polynomial approximations of high-dimensional functions on d-dimensional hypercubes. We show that smooth, multivariate functions possess expansions in orthogonal polynomial bases that are not only approximately sparse but possess a particular type of structured sparsity defined by so-called lower sets. This structure can be exploited via the use of weighted 1 minimization techniques, and, as we demonstrate, doing so leads to sample complexity estimates that are at most logarithmically dependent on the dimension d. Hence the curse of dimensionality – the bane of high-dimensional approximation – is mitigated to a significant extent. We also discuss several practical issues, including unknown noise (due to truncation or numerical error), and highlight a number of open problems and challenges.


High-dimensional approximation Weighted 1 minimization Orthogonal polynomials Lower sets 



The first and second authors acknowledge the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through grant 611675. The second author acknowledges the Postdoctoral Training Center in Stochastics of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences for the support. The third author acknowledges support by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Sciences Office under contract and award numbers HR0011619523 and 1868-A017-15; the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Applied Mathematics program under contract number ERKJ259 and ERKJ314; and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is operated by UT-Battelle, LLC., for the US Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National LabOak RidgeUSA

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