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## The second miracle of conjugate gradients

The second miracle of conjugate gradients is exhibited below. The data and data fitting matrix are the same, but the model damping is simplified.

d(m)    F(m,n)                                            iter  Norm
---    ------------------------------------------------   ----  ----------
41.   -55. -90. -24. -13. -73.  61. -27. -19.  23. -55.     1  3.64410686
33.     8. -86.  72.  87. -41.  -3. -29.  29. -66.  50.     2  0.31269890
-58.    84. -49.  80.  44. -52. -51.   8.  86.  77.  50.     3 -0.00000021
0.   100.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.     4 -0.00000066
0.     0. 100.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.     5 -0.00000080
0.     0.   0. 100.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.     6 -0.00000065
0.     0.   0.   0. 100.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.     7 -0.00000088
0.     0.   0.   0.   0. 100.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.     8 -0.00000074
0.     0.   0.   0.   0.   0. 100.   0.   0.   0.   0.     9 -0.00000035
0.     0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0. 100.   0.   0.   0.    10 -0.00000037
0.     0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0. 100.   0.   0.    11 -0.00000018
0.     0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0. 100.   0.    12  0.00000000
0.     0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0.   0. 100.    13  0.00000000


Even though the matrix is full-rank, we see the residual drop about 6 decimal places after the third iteration! This convergence behavior is well known in the computational mathematics literature. Despite its practical importance, it doesn't seem to have a name or identified discoverer. So I call it the second miracle.''

Practitioners usually don't like the identity operator for model-shaping. Generally they prefer to penalize wiggliness. For practitioners, the lesson of the second miracle of conjugate gradients is that we have a choice of many iterations, or learning to transform independent variables so that the regularization operator becomes an identity matrix. Basically, such a transformation reduces the iteration count from something about the size of the model space to something about the size of the data space. Such a transformation is called preconditioning. In practice, data is often accumulated in bins. Then the iteration count is reduced (in principle) to the count of full bins and should be independent of the count of the empty bins. This allows refining the bins, enhancing the resolution.

More generally, the model goal introduces a roughening operator like a gradient, Laplacian (and in chapter a Prediction-Error Filter (PEF)). Thus the model goal is usually a filter, unlike the data-fitting goal which involves all manner of geometry and physics. When the model goal is a filter its inverse is also a filter. Of course this includes multidimensional filters with a helix.

The preconditioning transformation gives us
 (6)
The operator is a roughener while is a smoother. The choices of both and are somewhat subjective. This suggests that we eliminate altogether by defining it to be proportional to the inverse of ,thus .The fitting goals become
 (7)
which enables us to benefit from the second miracle''. After finding ,we obtain the final model with .

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4/27/2004