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Model Selection and Stopping Rules for High-Dimensional Forward Selection

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posted on 01.04.2018, 00:00 authored by Jerzy WieczorekJerzy Wieczorek
Forward Selection (FS) is a popular variable selection method for linear regression. Working in a sparse high-dimensional setting, we derive sufficient conditions for FS to attain model-selection consistency, assuming the true model size is known. Compared with earlier results for the closely-related Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (OMP), our conditions are similar but obtained using a different argument. We also demonstrate why a submodularity-based argument is not fruitful for the purpose of correct model recovery.
Since the true model size is rarely known in practice, we also derive sufficient conditions for model-selection consistency of FS with a data-driven stopping rule, based on a sequential variant of cross-validation (CV). As a by-product of our proofs, we also have a sharp (sufficient and almost necessary) condition for model selection consistency when using "wrapper" forward search for linear regression. This appears to be the first consistency result for any wrapper model-selection method. We illustrate intuition and demonstrate performance of our methods using simulation studies and real datasets.




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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Jing Lei

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