SParse Optimization Research COde (SPORCO)
SPORCO is a Python package for solving optimisation problems with sparsity-inducing regularisation. These consist primarily of sparse coding and dictionary learning problems, including convolutional sparse coding and dictionary learning, but there is also support for other problems such as Total Variation regularisation and Robust PCA. The optimisation algorithms in the current version are based on the Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM) or on the Fast Iterative Shrinkage-Thresholding Algorithm (FISTA).
If you use this software for published work, please cite it.
Documentation is available online, or can be built from the root directory of the source distribution by the command
python setup.py build_sphinx
in which case the HTML documentation can be found in the
build/sphinx/html directory (the top-level document is
index.html). Although the SPORCO package itself is compatible with both Python 2.7 and 3.x, building the documention requires Python 3.3 or later due to the use of Jonga to construct call graph images for the SPORCO optimisation class hierarchies.
An overview of the package design and functionality is also available in
Brendt Wohlberg, SPORCO: A Python package for standard and convolutional sparse representations, in Proceedings of the 15th Python in Science Conference, (Austin, TX, USA), doi:10.25080/shinma-7f4c6e7-001, pp. 1--8, Jul 2017
Scripts illustrating usage of the package can be found in the
examples directory of the source distribution. These examples can be run from the root directory of the package by, for example
To run these scripts prior to installing the package it will be necessary to first set the
PYTHONPATH environment variable to include the root directory of the package. For example, in a
from the root directory of the package.
The primary requirements are Python itself, and modules future, numpy, scipy, pyfftw, and matplotlib. Module numexpr is not required, but some functions will be faster if it is installed. If module mpldatacursor is installed, functions
plot.imview will support the data cursor that it provides.
Instructions for installing these requirements are provided in the Requirements section of the package documentation.
To install the most recent release of SPORCO from PyPI do
pip install sporco
The development version on GitHub can be installed by doing
pip install git+https://github.com/bwohlberg/sporco
or by doing
git clone https://github.com/bwohlberg/sporco.git
cd sporco python setup.py build python setup.py install
The install commands will usually have to be performed with root privileges.
A summary of the most significant changes between SPORCO releases can be found in the
CHANGES.rst file. It is strongly recommended to consult this summary when updating from a previous version.
Some additional components of SPORCO are made available as separate extension packages:
- SPORCO-CUDA: GPU-accelerated versions of selected convolutional sparse coding algorithms
- SPORCO Notebooks: Jupyter Notebook versions of the example scripts distributed with SPORCO
SPORCO is distributed as open-source software under a BSD 3-Clause License (see the
LICENSE file for details).