Frequently Asked Questions for the NMF package

Chih-Jen Lin

Q: I compared this projected gradient method with the multiplicative update, and found the former may not give smaller objective values even after long running time. Why is that?

A: It is possible that they simply converge to two different local minima.

Q: My data matrix V is very sparse. Should I use sparse matrices in MATLAB?

A: Yes if V is extremely sparse (though we didn't do that for the text experiments in the paper). However, please use dense Winit and Hinit as they still have a very high percentage of nonzeros. Using sparse Winit and Hinit will slow down the code.

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