The singular value decomposition is widely used to approximate data matrices with lower rank matrices. Feng and He [Ann. Appl. Stat. 3 (2009) 1634–1654] developed tests on dimensionality of the mean structure of a data matrix based on the singular value decomposition. However, the first singular values and vectors can be driven by a small number of outlying measurements. In this paper, we consider a robust alternative that moderates the effect of outliers in low-rank approximations. Under the assumption of random row effects, we provide the asymptotic representations of the robust low-rank approximation. These representations may be used in testing the adequacy of a low-rank approximation. We use oligonucleotide gene microarray data to demonstrate how robust singular value decomposition compares with the its traditional counterparts. Examples show that the robust methods often lead to a more meaningful assessment of the dimensionality of gene intensity data matrices.
"Statistical inference based on robust low-rank data matrix approximation." Ann. Statist. 42 (1) 190 - 210, February 2014. https://doi.org/10.1214/13-AOS1186