Penalized empirical likelihood based variable selection

Nadarajah, Tharshanna (2011) Penalized empirical likelihood based variable selection. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Variable selection is an important topic in high-dimensional statistical modeling, especially in generalized linear models. Several variable selection procedures have been developed in the literature, including the sequential approach, prediction-error approach, and information-theoretic approach. All of these are computationally expensive. A new method based on penalized likelihood has been lauded for its computational efficiency and stability. In this approach the variable selection and the estimation of the coefficients are carried out simultaneously. The parametric likelihood is a crucial component, but in many situations a well-defined parametric likelihood is not easy to construct. To overcome this problem, Variyath (2006) proposed a penalized-empirical-likelihood (PEL) based variable selection where empirical likelihood is constructed based on a set of estimating equations. We investigate the asymptotic properties of the new method, and develop an algorithm for estimating the parameters. Our simulation studies show that when a parametric model is available, PEL-based variable selection gives results similar to those achieved by parametric-likelihood variable selection. The former method outperforms the latter when the parametric model is misspecified. We extend our approach to variable selection in Cox’s proportional hazard model.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9667
Additional Information: Bibiography: l. 93-97.
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Mathematics and Statistics
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mathematical statistics; Mathematical models; Linear models (Statistics)

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