## Abstract

Background/foreground separation is the first step in video surveillance system to detect moving objects. Recent research on problem formulations based on decomposition into low-rank plus sparse matrices shows a suitable framework to separate moving objects from the background. The most representative problem formulation is the Robust Principal Component Analysis (RPCA) solved via Principal Component Pursuit (PCP) which decomposes a data matrix into a low-rank matrix and a sparse matrix. However, similar robust implicit or explicit decompositions can be made in the following problem formulations: Robust Non-negative Matrix Factorization (RNMF), Robust Matrix Completion (RMC), Robust Subspace Recovery (RSR), Robust Subspace Tracking (RST) and Robust Low-Rank Minimization (RLRM). The main goal of these similar problem formulations is to obtain explicitly or implicitly a decomposition into low-rank matrix plus additive matrices. These formulation problems differ from the implicit or explicit decomposition, the loss function, the optimization problem and the solvers. As the problem formulation can be NP-hard in its original formulation, and it can be convex or not following the constraints and the loss functions used, the key challenges concern the design of efficient relaxed models and solvers which have to be with iterations as few as possible, and as efficient as possible. In the application of background/foreground separation, constraints inherent to the specificities of the background and the foreground as the temporal and spatial properties need to be taken into account in the design of the problem formulation. Practically, the background sequence is then modeled by a low-rank subspace that can gradually change over time, while the moving foreground objects constitute the correlated sparse outliers. Although, many efforts have been made to develop methods for the decomposition into low-rank plus additive matrices that perform visually well in foreground detection with reducing their computational cost, no algorithm today seems to emerge and to be able to simultaneously address all the key challenges that accompany real-world videos. This is due, in part, to the absence of a rigorous quantitative evaluation with synthetic and realistic large-scale dataset with accurate ground truth providing a balanced coverage of the range of challenges present in the real world. In this context, this work aims to initiate a rigorous and comprehensive review of the similar problem formulations in robust subspace learning and tracking based on decomposition into low-rank plus additive matrices for testing and ranking existing algorithms for background/foreground separation. For this, we first provide a preliminary review of the recent developments in the different problem formulations which allows us to define a unified view that we called Decomposition into Low-rank plus Additive Matrices (DLAM). Then, we examine carefully each method in each robust subspace learning/tracking frameworks with their decomposition, their loss functions, their optimization problem and their solvers. Furthermore, we investigate if incremental algorithms and real-time implementations can be achieved for background/foreground separation. Finally, experimental results on a large-scale dataset called Background Models Challenge (BMC 2012) show the comparative performance of 32 different robust subspace learning/tracking methods.

Original language | British English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1-71 |

Number of pages | 71 |

Journal | Computer Science Review |

Volume | 23 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Feb 2017 |

## Keywords

- Background subtraction
- Foreground detection
- Low Rank Minimization
- Robust Matrix Completion
- Robust Non-negative Matrix Factorization
- Robust Principal Component Analysis
- Subspace Tracking