RLE Recent Papers

Gaussian Universal Features, Canonical Correlations, and Common Information

Shao-Lun Huang, Gregory W. Wornell and Lizhong Zheng

DOI: 10.1109/ITW.2018.8613343


We address the problem of optimal feature selection for a Gaussian vector pair in the weak dependence regime, when the inference task is not known in advance. In particular, we show that multiple formulations all yield the same solution, and correspond to the singular value decomposition (SVD) of the canonical correlation matrix. Our results reveal key connections between canonical correlation analysis (CCA), principal component analysis (PCA), the Gaussian information bottleneck, Wyner’s common information, and the Ky Fan (nuclear) norms.