eimpute: Efficiently IMPUTE Large Scale Incomplete Matrix


Matrix completion is a procedure for imputing the missing elements in matrices by using the information of observed elements. This procedure can be visualized as:

Matrix completion has attracted a lot of attention, it is widely applied in: - tabular data imputation: recover the missing elements in data table; - recommend system: estimate users’ potantial preference for items pending purchased; - image inpainting: inpaint the missing elements in digit images.


A computationally efficient R package, eimpute is developed for matrix completion.


Install the stable version from CRAN:



In eimpute, matrix completion problem is solved by iteratively performing low-rank approximation and data calibration, which enjoy two admirable advantages: - unbiased low-rank approximation for incomplete matrix - less time consumption via truncated SVD Moreover, eimpute also supports flexible data standardization.

Compare eimpute and softimpute in systhesis datasets \(X_{m \times m}\) with \(p\) proportion missing observations:

In high dimension case, als method in softimpute is a little faster than eimpute in low proportion of missing observations, as the proportion of missing observations increase, rsvd method in eimpute have a better performance than softimpute in time cost and test error. Compare with two method in **eimpute*, rsvd method is better than tsvd in time cost.


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Send an email to Zhe Gao at gaozh8@mail2.sysu.edu.cn