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We analyze a class of estimators based on a convex relaxation for solving high-dimensional matrix decomposition problems. The observations are the noisy realizations of the sum of an (approximately) low rank matrix $Theta^star$ with a second matrix $Gamma^star$ endowed with a complementary form of low-dimensional structure. We derive a general theorem that gives upper bounds on the Frobenius norm error for an estimate of the pair $(Theta^star, Gamma^star)$ obtained by solving a convex optimization problem. We then specialize our general result to two cases that have been studied in the context of robust PCA: low rank plus sparse structure, and low rank plus a column sparse structure. Our theory yields Frobenius norm error bounds for both deterministic and stochastic noise matrices, and in the latter case, they are minimax optimal. The sharpness of our theoretical predictions is also confirmed in numerical simulations.

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