Mode Decomposition for Homogeneous Symmetric Operators.

Ido Cohen, Omri Azencot, Pavel Lifshitz, Guy Gilboa

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Finding latent structures in data is drawing increasing attention in diverse fields such as fluid dynamics, signal processing, and machine learning. Dimensionality reduction facilitates the revelation of such structures. For dynamical systems of linear and nonlinear flows, a prominent dimensionality reduction method is Dynamic Mode Decomposition (DMD), which is based on the theory of Koopman operators. In this work, we adapt DMD to homogeneous flows and show it can approximate well nonlinear spectral image decomposition techniques. We examine dynamics based on symmetric γ-homogeneous operators, 0 < γ < 1. These systems have a polynomial decay profile and reach steady state in finite time. DMD, on the other hand, can be viewed as an exponential data fitting
algorithm. This yields an inherent conflict, causing large approximation errors (and non-existence of solutions in some particular cases). The contribution of this work is threefold. First, we suggest a rescaling of the time variable that solves the conflict between DMD and homogeneous flows. This adaptation of DMD can be performed when the homogeneity and the time step size are known (eg. for fast image decomposition). Second, we suggest a blind time rescaling when neither the homogeneity nor the step size are known. We term this process as blind homogeneity normalization, it is valid for arbitrary sampling policies and degrees of homogeneity. Third, we formulate a new dynamic mode decomposition that constrains the matrix of the dynamics to be symmetric,
termed Symmetric DMD (S-DMD).
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 9 Oct 2020


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