DeepHull: Fast Convex Hull Approximation in High Dimensions

International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)

Abstract

Computing or approximating the convex hull of a dataset plays a key role in a wide range of applications, including economics, statistics, and physics, to name just a few. However, convex hull computation and approximation is exponentially complex in terms of both memory and computation as the ambient space dimension increases. In this paper, we propose DeepHull, a new convex hull approximation algorithm based on convex deep networks (DNs) with continuous piecewise-affine nonlinearities and nonnegative weights. The key idea is that binary classification between true data samples and adversarially generated samples with such a DN naturally induces a polytope decision boundary that approximates the true data convex hull. A range of exploratory experiments demonstrates that DeepHull efficiently produces a meaningful convex hull approximation, even in a high-dimensional ambient space.

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