Computing nonnegative tensor factorizations

M. P. Friedlander and K. Hatz
Optimization Methods and Software, 23(4):631-647, August 2008 PDF


Nonnegative tensor factorization (NTF) is a technique for computing a parts-based representation of high-dimensional data. NTF excels at exposing latent structures in datasets, and at finding good low-rank approximations to the data. We describe an approach for computing the NTF of a dataset that relies only on iterative linear-algebra techniques and that is comparable in cost to the nonnegative matrix factorization. (The better-known nonnegative matrix factorization is a special case of NTF and is also handled by our implementation.) Some important features of our implementation include mechanisms for encouraging sparse factors and for ensuring that they are equilibrated in norm. The complete Matlab software package is available under the GPL license.


  Author =       {M. P. Friedlander and K. Hatz},
  Month =        {March},
  Journal =      {Computational Optimization and Applications},
  Title =        {Computing Nonnegative Tensor Factorizations},
  Year =         2008,
  volume =       23,
  number =       4,
  pages =        {631-647},
  DOI =          {10.1080/10556780801996244},